"Before I came to UT, I never thought that I would join a spirit group like Texas Royals. I thought that they were cheesy, lame, and not feminist. I wanted to live in the PCL and spend every night studying like its finals week. My semester first in college, I started dating a boy who wasn’t the nicest. The second semester, when I expressed interest in Royals after doing my own online research, he heavily discouraged me from attending info sessions and other recruiting events. Despite his negativity, I knew that I wanted to make more female friends. After I got into Royals, he made me feel bad about joining and as a result, I was hesitant to dive in. Eventually, I came to realize that there’s no shame in joining things that are fun, there’s nothing wrong with taking a break from constantly studying. Joining Royals helped me gain more social confidence and helped me to recognize my own self-worth. I am no longer with that guy from freshman year, but I will always be with my lovely ladies in Texas Royals.
After three semesters in Royals, I’m Spirit chair, still feminist as ever, and have a wonderful network of women to support me when I’m down."
Grace Heineman || Spirit Chair