During my high school career, my principal defended our ridiculous dress code by saying that school was our job, and we should dress like it. I guess the footie pajamas kids regularly wore were included in “business casual” to him. While in high school, I thought he was a lunatic.
Grades didn’t buy things, so what did it matter what I wore? Then it all clicked when I came to MC. Even though there isn’t a dress code, going to class is a job., and I needed to look the part. I know 8 A.M. classes are the bane of a college student’s existence, but the few extra minutes it takes to change out of the clothes you slept in and brush your hair are really worth it.
It is my personal belief that by actually dressing for classes you show respect for professors (who also dress well, for the most part). And by giving respect, you also gain respect, which you never know when it might come in handy. I also find that putting the effort into getting ready for class makes me focused and ready to participate because I feel more confident and ready to tackle the day. And “dressing well” doesn’t mean that you have to be ready to walk in the next Gucci runway show.
Just swap the sweats for some well-fitting jeans, the sweatshirt for a cute cardigan or jacket and you’re good to go. Dressing might not come easy. But trust me, it will pay off in the end. Occasionally, every student oversleeps, has to roll out of bed and sprint to class. But let’s not make it an everyday occurrence.
Let’s prepare for our big kid jobs by dressing well for class, thus showing respect for professors and fellow students. No one wants to be distracted by what you wore to the club last night or what you slept in, especially not your biology professor.
Here is my go-to “uniform” for class: 1) Comfortable shoes are best, because we college students walk a lot. 2) Jeans (colored, printed, skinny, or flare) add polish to an outfit without looking like you tried too hard. 3) T-shirt or blouse— wear whichever feels right. 4) Cardigans or jackets are perfect, because classes are freezing.
I promise this is just as quick as putting on the sweats, and it will do wonders for your confidence and image.