Extracurricular Folly

May 10, 2008 at 2:21 AM 5 comments

The day before yesterday, a Friend 1 mentioned to me this organization that she was trying out for. She said, “Friend 2 and Friend 3 were also joining, and so she was going to join. I thought, well, “Since Friend 2 and Friend 3 and Friend 1 were joining,” it’s only logical that I should join. And so I did.

The next day, I went to the ASB office to pick up a form; the last one there was. I had forty minutes to turn it in before lunch ended.

I went over to my usual lunch spot and immediately took out a pen. Lunch would have to wait. The first couple questions were fill in the blanks, which I promptly shaded in completely. Then it asked me what school activities/clubs/organizations I was going involved or was going to be involved in.

I should have seen this coming. Everything that requires a tryout asks you what extracurricular activities. It’s a prejudice that runs back for eons as monkeys were fighting each other to pick lice or whatever tasty tidbit is found on the backs of our primate friends.

They always want you to see if you’re active; if you’re in Student Council; if you’re in Speech and Debate and Math Team and Science Bowl and Destination Imagination and Future Business Leaders of America and Academic Decathlon or are MVP’s of tennis or cross country or football or baseball or are Eagle Scouts.

But some of us aren’t in all that. Some of us only have a blog to show for ourselves and an Academic Decathlon team where we do nothing at all and have broken our once proud tradition by placing seventeen times worst than the year before. Some of us have Asian fails and most of us only have orchestra and band, and that’s not so special anymore, nor are we robots or naturally like Finny from Separate Peace by John Knowles, which are quite special. Most of us if we even tried to match those inhuman humans would suicide ourselves.

It’s unfair. Those with a lot of extracurricular activities get in and are able to add another little something to their repertoire. This allows them to get into more things, which allows them to get into more things. This creates an exponential growth curve.

However, like population growth, the curve has a ceiling. A person can only handle so many things at once. This is why accepting people based on their activeness is not only discriminatory but backwards and inefficient.

An organization should select people who have the least amount of commitments. Notice I wrote “commitments” and not “commitment”. This is because the fewer things a person need to do, the more time that particular person could devote to your group.

This is known as also specialization, and is very beneficial for the organization and the member. The organization gets more time and gets to feel important for being to only one in the member’s life, while the member doesn’t have to waste time running from one thing to another and feels needed.

Specialization is the hallmark of every major civilization, and creates trade and luxuries. We wouldn’t get very far if we had to do everything ourselves. Imagine if you had to make your own clothes, build your own refrigerator, install your own plumbing.

Wait a minute. Why have I digressed into a lesson in economics? Bleh.

ANYWAYS, it’s unfair to judge someone based on the number of extracurriculars. In fact, there should be a law against this; the Equal Extracurriculars Act. Besides, it’s against human nature to be inefficient.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christine  |  May 10, 2008 at 4:27 AM

    oh yeah. and maybe the whole extracurricular thing is to see if they might conflict with SCOC…because that’s totally a legit reason as to why they’d ask you to list such a thing. and plus. some people want to be recognized for their merits in things that they participate in, but yeah, on your side…i guess that’s kind of a disadvantage.


  • 2. Anonymous  |  May 11, 2008 at 7:24 AM

    Well, I guess you have to follow my geometry teacher’s advice of “Life is unfair, so deal with it.”

    My advice would be to try out for every team at school. Basketball, Football, Tennis, Swimming, Waterpolo, Science Bowl, Physics Bowl, Robotics, Pep Squad, Ocean Science Bowl, Speech and Debate, Destination Imagination, ASB, Orchestra, Band, Student Tutoring, Teacher’s pet, and Gonadotropins.
    Whatever you do, do not go to the Doomsday 2012 club. All they do is watch films about doomsday.

  • 3. Dolce and Gabanna feat. Chris Brown  |  May 11, 2008 at 7:35 AM

    -Yo, Yo man… chill out
    -COntinue this you’ll be a saurkraut
    -You do not need a lot of Extra C’s,
    -Just remember to kill you B’s
    -And Get 800s on the SAT’s
    -Always Take AP Biology
    -Never take Psychology

    -Just do what you can
    -Be a man
    -Cause your grades are like
    -A big humongous cake
    -Grades and SAT’s are what make
    -The foundation for other things
    -The Extra C’s are the icing
    -Without a good foundation, icing is nothing

    This is the song of YOU!

  • 4. Anonymous  |  May 11, 2008 at 7:36 AM

    ha ha nice rap there.

  • 5. flora[:  |  May 27, 2008 at 2:21 AM

    I was thinking almost the same thing as this post earlier.

    But Christine does have a point about getting recognized and stuff, but still… If something conflicts with something else, then you ought to figure it out and realize it before you sign up for something. ._.;


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