10 Reasons to Dress Nice for School

Hello!  As everyone starts to settle in to their new niches at Illinois, it is easy fall into the all familiar routine of balancing homework, sleep, and a social life.  One thing that I noticed as a freshman, and still do, is that it is very easy to crawl out of bed in the morning, brush my teeth, put on my favorite pair of sweats, and set off to class. However, I try to refrain from falling into this routine for a number of reasons.

  1. Although it is much easier to jump into your sweats and go, putting on a pair of jeans or a dress forces you to spend a few extra minutes getting ready in the morning, which ultimately helps you wake up and be more alert for class.
  2. Being more alert for classes means better notes and eventually better grades.
  3. Being more alert during the day means better sleeping at night.
  4. The cutie sitting next to you in class won’t ask what the stain on your shirt is from if you would have just put on a clean one.
  5. You’re more likely to be remembered by your professors if you dress nicer because hardly anyone else is.
  6. You never know who you will see while walking down the street. University newspapers, television stations, and photography majors often use students as their subjects.  You never know when you will be stopped on the Quad for a surprise interview!
  7. More time spent getting ready in the morning means less time spent getting ready at night.
  8. Surprise! The executive board you’ve been trying to get on has an interview opening this afternoon and they want to meet you. Too bad you don’t have time to change your clothes.
  9. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed in any situation.
  10. Looking better makes you feel better. When you feel good about yourself, others do too.

Just for clarification, “dressing nice” does not mean wearing dress pants and your best shirt to class, although you can if you want to! Simply putting on a nice pair of jeans or shorts will do. Professors and others know that you are busy and probably don’t have the time to dress up for class every day, but they do expect you to look presentable. It is respectful to them, as a student representing Illinois, to look like you put some effort in how you present yourself to others.

I look forward to seeing a more well-dressed campus in the near future!

Until next time,


P.S. This is my first post so let me know what you think about it and what you would like to read about in the future!


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September 13, 2011, 2:43 pm

I agree with you 100%! Dressing presentably everyday shows the world that you care about yourself and others by looking decent. Nice post Samantha 🙂



September 13, 2011, 4:25 pm

So true!!! I love love dressing up frp class. It gets me in a great spirit!



September 13, 2011, 9:36 pm

Oh my gosh! You are so right!! Since I started high school my mom has reminded me to “get up, dress up, show up!” It leaves an impression on all of those around you. Great first blog Samantha!


Chastity Lyle

September 14, 2011, 10:36 am

Great Blog Kocher!! You did an excellent job!! Keep up the good work and keep sending them my way!!



September 15, 2011, 5:26 am

I agree with dressing up it really make you feel better about yourself. First impression always count. Love the post