Students and Sparetime
Liam Bischoff '15
St. Ignatius maintains a reputation of academic excellence, but is also well known for the variety of activities that students can participate in. The student body is no stranger to the world of extra-curriculars; whether a student is a club-junkie, dramatic performer, athlete, or comedic entertainer, everyone is involved in something at SI. I asked myself, when people aren't at school, studying and being active on the fields, courts, in the pool and on the stages, what do students like to do?
The three following interviews are directly quoted with no modifications on my part.
Q: When you are not entertaining people with your comedy, or serenading people with your sweet voice, what do you like to do?
A: "I surf, play guitar, hang out with friends in cool places. The Mission is a pretty cool hangout spot. Lots of good burrito places. I surf whenever I can, in Pacifica, because it allows me to forget about the stress of school and really live in the moment. I play guitar most nights before I go to sleep, it's nice to strum away and make melodious tunes that appeal to me. With that, I have a large appreciation for music and I actually attended a Red Hot Chile Peppers Concert, front row, props right?"
Q: When you are away from school, not having to do homework, what do you like to do?
A: "I like camping, and hiking, kind of outdoorsy stuff. Camping is just a nice release from school and having to do work; it's just nice to be in nature and see the beauty of it. When I am not outdoors, I also love hanging out with my friends doing fun stuff and just chilling with them. Also, my family is amazing and just to be around them is a blast. We are always laughing and enjoying each other's company. So that's what I do when I am not in school...ya."
Q: When you are not being your funny self and making people laugh, what is your go to thing for fun?
A: "Go for long runs along the waterfront in Oakland, thinking of ideas for my next novel. No but seriously, I like to hangout with my friends. I mean that's probably the best thing I like to do. We are always laughing and having a great time making memories. But I personally like my first answer better."
So what do students like to do when they’re not in class? Hanging out with friends seems to be the consensus for SI students. More broadly, students engage in a variety of things, which allow them to explore their interests and make the best of their high school years. So I wonder what teachers would say if they were posed with similar questions...
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