By Alex Knapper '18
The St. Albans Curriculum is, and always has been, built on the concept of “well-roundedness.” This is why central to school life are requirements like the class credit, the arts credit, and finally, the sports credit. The STA sports credit system works like this: you need to participate in 11 seasons of sports, three during freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and an option of cutting a season Senior year.
While it is understandable that seniors, perhaps needing to focus on the college application process or beginning to look and prepare for their life beyond the Close, are allowed a sports cut in their final year at STA, juniors have no such necessity. Although junior year is busy, juniors are still fully in the crux of St. Albans life, a time in which the sports requirement remains just as sacrosanct as in freshman and sophomore year. Allowing for a junior sports cut could open the floodgates to potential freshman and sophomore sports cuts, events clearly antithetical to the virtues that St. Albans seeks to instill.
To that end, the junior year sports cut impedes on the St. Albans goal of creating a well-rounded man. At least from personal experience, I only got a true grasp on the meaning of brotherhood when I played on a sports team, not in the classroom. Plus, it’s always fun to play a sport. Why cut your junior year when you could be discovering a new hidden talent you might possess?
So, in a nutshell, a junior sports cut is just a bad idea—more than that, it’s unscrupulous. Playing on a team and getting some good exercise while you’re at it is way better than getting an extra hour to do a bit of homework.