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Discussion: Reed is not the most athletic of places...

in: AliC; AliC > 2017-08-30

Aug 31, 2017 6:53 AM # 
For some reason that does not surprise me. It has other things going for it and, well, can't have everything!
Aug 31, 2017 8:00 PM # 
Totally. They do have 6 quarters of required PE - biggest hit seems to be archery class, think they are all trying to channel Katniss...
Sep 1, 2017 12:40 AM # 
I took (though failed) archery in undergrad. It was cathartic, though it does seem odd that it satisfies PE requirements.

Impressive that you've kept up your elliptical action in the waning days of your pregnancy! How does pregnancy feel? Have the life adjustments been difficult?
Sep 1, 2017 5:21 PM # 
Ian, how did you fail archery?

Pregnancy feels many different ways - 9 months is a long time! Right now, the two most notable things are:
1) having a lot of volume and weight in a strange place so that things like picking things up off the ground, tying shoes, getting up from bed are all very awkward
2) having a tiny other human inside me, who makes her presence known with all sorts of movements. I think 'kicks' is a misnomer for at least 75% of what she does - twisting, punching, just changing position all seem to make up the repertoire of internal gymnastics

Ellipticalling makes life much better than having no recourse to working out at all. But weekend hikes are also cruicial for some contact with motion through the out-of-doors which I think is pretty important for me.
Sep 1, 2017 5:23 PM # 
I, too, need to know how Ian failed archery. My first guess is that it was in the morning and he slept through too many classes to pass.
Sep 1, 2017 7:05 PM # 
My bet is that he shot the teacher.
Sep 2, 2017 2:18 PM # 
Maybe there were distracting burritos nearby?
Sep 2, 2017 2:40 PM # 
Burrito bow hunting season?
Sep 2, 2017 7:29 PM # 
In soviet russian, burrito hunts you.... eh, not my best work, just wanted to be part of the banter.
Sep 3, 2017 12:55 PM # 
Six quarters of required PE?? I had two semesters only at my college, satisfied with tennis (I don't think I was very good, but I passed), and yoga, of all things. :-)
Sep 3, 2017 5:08 PM # 
PE? In college? None. Do it on your own time if so desired.
Sep 3, 2017 5:43 PM # 
Zan, something like this?

Sep 4, 2017 1:41 PM # 
Indeed :)!

On PE, Ross and I taught PE orienteering courses at Williams. Great work/study job, was a nice way to introduce people to orienteering, and led to Ross bringing some teams to intercollegiates. Another two friends taught 'extreme sledding'. I think just one course over 4 years was required, and maybe was waived if you played a sport. Mostly PE courses were a way to enable people to try new sports, get outside, and enjoy what the school and location had to offer. Having it be a class helped people to follow-through on actually showing up.
Sep 4, 2017 9:46 PM # 
We did have a couple of seniors take orienteering because they needed to fulfill the requirement, not because they were sooo interested in orienteering. This only led to one incident where one of the students was in so far over her head with the navigation that she forgot how to use the compass and just "followed the red arrow" up into VT. I found her about an hour later after dropping the other folk back at campus so they could go to their next classes.
Sep 5, 2017 7:48 PM # 
Suzanne and Ross, did you have the swim requirement (know how, or learn) we heard about when college shopping?

Haven't heard from Ian yet about archery.

Best of luck to you, Ali and Tom, in the weeks and months ahead!
Sep 5, 2017 10:18 PM # 
Sep 6, 2017 8:51 AM # 
Wow, this is what happens when I disappear from AP for a few days! I satisfied my PE credit by rowing crew my freshman year - which was more pertinent for my physical education than the four PE classes which also could satisfy the requirement. I decided to take an archery class for fun; it consisted of twelve 1-hr sessions at 1 or 2 PM, and really served as more of a break from my studies than a serious physical challenge. The course was nonetheless well done, with a slow motion camera to help analyze and correct proper shot mechanics.

Attending ten classes of the twelve was required to pass, and I only attended nine. I could have easily made up the last class, but there was no incentive. I chose to prioritize working on homework and other responsibilities instead of finishing. I was among the best shots in the class, so had grading been based on merit, I would have excelled.

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