The Importance Of Intramural Sports

The Importance Of Intramural Sports

Intramurals have a place at every school.
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Capital University offers no intramural sports. The only option for recreational sport is a Quidditch club (an adaptation of the fictional sport from the Harry Potter book/movie series). However, the Quidditch club is underpopulated, as a large portion of college students may not know about it or want to participate in a Quidditch match. At most other universities, there are a plethora of intramural sports to participate in: basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee -- you name it.

Of course there will always be people who are dedicated to playing a sport who will get their friends to play basketball or throw a Frisbee. You will often find this group of people in the courtyard or in the Cap Center. So what's the problem, then? I'm talking about the average Joe (or Joan) who wouldn't normally find themselves in the Cap Center every other day, who may be interested in playing a sport casually, but doesn't have the option or perhaps friend group to do so.

Intramural sports offer an organized outlet for people to express a side of themselves that wouldn't normally be expressed. It also allows the people who are just playing in the courtyard or Cap Center a more set and defined place to play and people to play against. The organization is key, because while teams may take the seriousness of the games differently, they are teams. Other people may only want to play a game once a week, but they'll show up to their games at a set time. People who may not get motivated to just randomly play a sport or exercise now have a motivator in a game. It is also an easy way to make new friends, especially at a smaller school like Capital. Intramural sports let you play against familiar faces who you've probably seen around campus and see that someone likes at least one of the same things you do.

Plus, who couldn't use a little more physical activity in their life? Intramural sports are a great way to do just that. They can add one or two hours a week of going outside or to the gym to get moving.

Some people may take the sports a little more serious than others, which is good because competition will keep the sports alive. However, you don't have to treat the intramural games like the Olympics. The important thing is that you are enjoying yourself in doing something you want to do, which is why I think every school (not just Capital) should have intramural sports. If they are already in place at your school, go join one! Participate in a sport you wouldn't normally do, something that is out of your comfort zone.

Whether it's volleyball, tennis, soccer, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, or Quidditch, go out and enjoy yourself playing an intramural sport.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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