Most people who attend college have relatively the same experience. They spend 4-5 years there studying most of the time with some fun mixed in between. After they graduate they will root for their alma mater and may even visit the campus every once in a while. But what is it that they come back for? Is it the scenery or the reminder of all the great times they had or even a favorite restaurant they would go to as a student. I would guess probably a mixture of all 3 for most college grads. Here at WSU alumni have a different reason. Yes, while they may come back for all the things others do there is something different about WSU. The culture here is something that I truly believe no other school has. I couldn’t say where it comes from but anyone who has attended or worked at WSU can tell you it’s there and is powerful. SO powerful that alumni will go out of there way to see current and future students not just succeed in life but excel to their full potential.
The power of this culture was seen first hand at the WSU Sport Management Career fair on March 31, 2017. This career fair was a way for many different professionals across the sports world to give students tips and advice over a wide variety of different sports related issues. The majority of these speakers are WSU alumni who had to travel from across the country to give their insight and they did it because they care about the future of WSU students. It’s not very often that alumni will go to certain lengths on their own dime to benefit the future grads of their alma mater.
This is a copy from the schedule of the career fair. As you can see the speakers were not just professors or coaches at WSU but came from across the country to give valuable insight to all of the students that attended.
This tweet coming from one of the main speakers at the career fair just days after it occurred. All of these examples go to show that being a coug is way more than putting on the crimson and grey on game days. It’s about helping out those who are coming behind you not for personal gain but because you genuinely care about them even if you have never met them before.
Being a transfer Junior and coming from a small Community College I had never experienced anything like this before. During football games random alumni would come up to me and be interested in who I am even though they had never met me before. Being a coug is something that should never be taken for granted because it’s people like this that help pass the sense of cougar pride down from one generation to the next.