As Katya Christian sifted through her closet to pull together an outfit for the next day, the senior couldn’t help but feel a little bit left out.
May 1 was College Swag Day, the annual unofficial spirit day created for seniors to wear clothing representing what they are doing for the upcoming year, as this day was also the deadline for the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).
Christian, who plans to take a gap year in France, enjoyed seeing where her college-bound peers would be attending, but felt awkward not having “swag” to sport. “I can’t really wear anything that represents what I’m doing next year,” she said.
“Students who aren’t going to college feel cast out and excluded,” ASB president Adam King said.
King, who donned a Cal t-shirt, said, “I thought it would be a cool way to let people know where I am going next year and spark some conversation.”
As a result of these concerns, King said, Student Government is no longer affiliated with College Swag Day. This year, the event was publicized on Facebook by senior Joe Murray. However, “whether or not there is a Facebook event,” King said, “there will be some students who know about it.”
King hopes that College Swag Day will eventually become “Future Day,” in order to encourage students who plan to attend military school to wear military garb, or students who plan to work to wear work uniforms.