By Elliot Boz
What is spirit? Dictionary.com says spirit is “an attitude or principle that inspires, animates, and pervades thought, feeling, or action.” To me, spirit means character, an approach that you bring to a day, a place, or even a time. So where’s the spirit at d.tech? I asked a couple students how they felt about doing spirit days and how they think the days turn out.
Ashley Chen, PR manager for d.leadership, said, “I like participating in spirit days because it’s fun to go to school and see what people thought of, but they don’t turn out that great. I feel like I have to try ten times harder to get people to engage in spirit days because people here are from all over the bay area, and they came here not for the reason to have a fun high school experience, but came to have a unique one and to be involved in design thinking.” Ashley is definitely one of the more spirited students at Design Tech; she loves participating in spirit days.
On the other hand, Sophia Pena says, “I don’t hate them [spirit days], but I don’t participate because I’m not very spirited and not motivated. I think that my class, the juniors, are not very spirited and need to be better motivated too. I also think that we should be told more times in advance before a spirit day and make sure the students know about them.” Sophia has been at the school since day one, so she has experienced the atmosphere here at d.tech for some time now.
Aidan Jansen has a different view of spirit days. He says, “Spirit days are good, but it really depends on the spirit day. Like I liked the twin day, because my friend group went out of their way to have a good time.” Aidan thinks that it isn’t the way he gets informed about spirit days, it is the type of spirit day and how much his friend group and the other students around him participate.
I think that spirit days are really fun, but it is difficult to come to school and put yourself out there, when other students are not participating, or feel that the spirit day is boring and unneeded.
So what does leadership do to present spirit days to d.tech students? They make posters, posts on social media, and add information about the days in the d.tech announcements and community meetings. How can we improve spirit days? Students say they need to be better motivated, and the spirit days should present tasks that you can perform together with your friends and others. On the other hand, students say that when they do participate, they have a lot of fun and feel better involved in the d.tech community. Overall, the spirit days are beneficial for the d.tech environment, but should be presented with motivation for more students to participate.