As I walked around this morning and observed the events, I did my best to document it with my camera and via Twitter. As you've seen here for the past several years, I always like to collect pictures from all of the events in order to put together a big end-of-the-year video for the senior class. It's important that we not only get a perspective from football games and basketball games, but try to get a flavor of everything that's going on in the school, both inside the classroom and beyond. I have a draft of the video currently done, but I was hoping to plug in some more pictures from this event, as well as the final few coming up in the final weeks of May. But after this morning, I ran into a problem; it turns out that all of the pictures I took today… are just more of the same. By that I mean the people in today's pictures are already very very well represented in the video. In fact as I go through the video, it turns out that there's only about 40 or 50 kids well represented. The other 250 seniors only appear in group shots, or perhaps just one or two images each. This isn't for lack of trying on my part, I've been to almost everything (though of some events are more photogenic than others. A volleyball game has better pictures than a band concert), but some students simply don't show up when you take pictures of all the extracurricular events. In fact it's only a handful of kids that seem to run the entire school.
While this is hardly a new problem (and perhaps its not even a "problem" at all), it is interesting. I've written before that I've found the more you do...the more you do. While this sounds obvious, by that I mean that if you sit around on the couch and try to save your time, or only try one activity, odds are you won't do much at all. You'll get so caught up in preserving that "free time" that you'll end up missing out way more than you should. I should know, that was my MO in college and my first few years at Baldwin. Another hand if you get out there as often as possible, you'll find that you have time not only for your single activity, but many many more. It's the students that are always going out for things that are pulled in various directions. As a result they're the ones that run the place. They're the ones that are not only in two different sports and on the national honor Society, and on Special Olympics, but they're also the leaders of class discussions and role models for their peers. They say that the rich get richer, and while that's usually seen as a negative, I can say that it's great that the active students get more active...while the rest seem to vanish into being wallflowers.
This isn't something that can be 'solved"...but it is something that students should be aware of. I suppose that's why the old cliché "it's important to get involved" is so important. People think it just means that you have to be super busy or stressed all of the time, but really it just means to get out of your house, off the couch, and go places every now and then. Even simply by attending and supporting lots of events, you open up a lot of new doors for yourself. Otherwise, you're just blending in with the other 300 while fortune favors the bold.