IAE Parents and students - Extracurricular activities help bond the students at IAE
I am an IAE Sophomore, and the student bodies concern at IAE is for our own safety, our years at IA, and our incentives to succeed at IA. With all these events disappearing out of our school year, the students have nothing to look forward to. IA students already work harder than any other school, and they even have a smaller summer vacation. From all the knowledge that I know, the “Senior Skit” is being cancelled due to the actions of other campuses. This goes against what we are taught at the IA. We have been taught to not blame a whole, but blame the fraction of that whole that are responsible.. I don’t feel that we are being treated for our individual actions, but we are being treated and punished for other people’s mistakes. Also, the “senior skit” allowed us to bond closer to our teachers, and turns our just teacher and student relation to a role model level. When I was a freshman at IA, after the senior skit, we couldn’t wait to be seniors. We had motivation to move on academically, and socially. I personally had a bad freshman year but extracurricular activities such as this that are not found in normal school environments motivated me to not quit and still attend the IA. I convinced my sister and other family members that IA is not all work, and we have great activities. Secondly, I would like to mention the dances being cancelled due to them not being multi-cultural enough. Dances allow us to express our individual cultures around others and express who we really are. Isn’t being a part of the IA student body to be happy with whom we are? Dance is something that many, many cultures use to represent themselves. In conclusion, personally I feel the loss of incentive to succeed at the IA. We have more work to do then average high school students, and we barely have school time to express ourselves. These extracurricular activities gave us an opportunity, to express ourselves, to meet new people, and to have that incentive of completing our high school years at the IA.