So far, you probably have been paying attention to the most watched sports event aside from the Olympics on your TV screen—the FIFA World Cup. Since it doesn’t involve varied events (it’s soccer) everyone is on the same level.
The great thing about the World Cup is that you don’t even have to be an expert in soccer to watch it. There will be plays and calls that have you scratching your head at times but the excitement of watching it is what brings everyone together.
Whether it is in a bar, at a get together with friends or even in the comfort of your own home, watching your country’s team play on the big screen creates a sense of pride and joy that can’t be beat. With most of the world’s leading soccer teams competing, everyone is sure to have their game faces and all bets on—no pressure.
But what happens if there is pressure?
For many students at Penn State, their origin of nationality isn’t just in the United States. Many are second, third, or further generations of people and cultures from all over the world. So what should one do if their family is screaming at the TV rooting for the team that isn’t red, white and blue?
Absolutely nothing. The great thing about this dilemma is that this series is about all the different countries in the world coming together to compete. It sounds a little ironic—yes, there is a trophy and a winner, but the fact that people from all over the world can sit down and root for their own team of preference is a great way to bond and appreciate this sport.
And in the midst of it all, it creates wanderlust of thoughts for everyone to be a part of something bigger than themselves—a team, a nation, or even a family. I’m pretty sure the average Nittany Lion shouldn’t have too much trouble when it comes to matters like that, right?
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