Extracurriculars shape student lifestyles

By Ariel Rivkin
Published: December 2010

South students are always busy, whether participating in sports teams, becoming members of one of the numerous clubs, or hacking away at their constant load of homework.
But for some students, the majority of their time outside of school is spent in a completely separate environment with different people, attitudes, and activities.
The time spent outside of the South community can be beneficial in many ways, but it also has negative aspects.
Senior Sam Zoloth spends 13 hours a week participating in crew at Community Rowing, located on the Charles River.
Zoloth feels that the intense commitment outside of school at Community Rowing creates stress and other negative aspects.
“It takes so much time and a lot of people at school are just really ignorant of the sport, he said. Zoloth wishes that fellow students and friends understood the commitment of rowing, he said.
“I sometimes get made fun of at school for doing crew and some of my friends mock me when I wear US Rowing clothes and think that I just row in a row boat.
Participating in a demanding activity outside of school has also affected Zoloth’s friendships.
“I played soccer for South before I started Crew, and since then I have lost some of the friends that I made around soccer. It was definitely hard to lose friends just because of a sport.
Despite some of the difficulties Zoloth has faced, he does believe crew has provided very positive aspects to his life.
“It is stressful, but crew has really helped me with time management just because the sport and the schedule are both so rigid and demanding, he said.
Zoloth also enjoys the practices and friendships that participating in such an intense activity outside of school has provided.
“I get a lot of satisfaction out of our practices, we do such hard things like running up and down the Harvard stadium steps, he said.
He also likes the fact that he is engaging in an acitivity that is new and different from what other students at South participate in. It sets him apart from others.
Zoloth has also cultivated new friendships with individuals who are different from students at South.
“At CRI, there are a lot of kids from private schools, and kids with other opinions and personalities. It is cool to meet all different kids of kids because it broadens my horizons.
In addition to Zoloth, senior Charlotte Sall spends eight hours a week participating in NIFTY, a Jewish youth group.
As the Religious and Cultural Vice President, Sall is one of the seven Sall saiDespite Sallís dedication, she sometimes finds it frustrating that students at South still do not know the organization or her efforts.
“People really do not know what NIFTY is and think that itís just another youth group, but to me it is something that I am so passionate about,Sall said.
Sall feels that students are simply unaware of her commitment and the energy spent on NIFTY.
“I spend so much time on NIFTYÀ“I go away for events from Friday afternoon to Sunday night, and people just do not know about that commitment, which can be hard sometimes,Sall said.

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