The breeze ruffling your hair, the red rubber of the track staining the bottom of your worn out shoes, the pant of breaths in unison as girls try to be under the time limit. Track and Field has officially started on Monday, and I have waited all year for it to begin. 

In track and field you get a lot of opportunities to find the event that is right for you. The track events are: 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 100 meter relay, 200 meter relay, 400 meter relay, mile race , and mile and a half race (please comment if there are any that I am missing or have gotten wrong!). The field events are: Discus, shot put, 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, long jump, triple jump, and high jump. 

I think I am going to be doing long jump, 400 meter dash, 400 meter relay, 100 meter hurdles, and discus. I have already gone to the Tuesday after-school field practice to try hurdles, long jump, and triple jump. I liked all of them except triple jump, until I went again on Thursday and found that I really loved it. They posted which track events we will be doing on our first meet, and I got into 400 meter dash. 

In 1st period Athletics, we practice the track events. Our track practices go most-of-the-time like this: we run a warm-up lap in under 2 minutes, and then we will be timed on running 100-200 meters. Sometimes the girls who have been doing basketball, which has recently finished, get split apart from the girls who have been doing off-season. Then the girls in basketball will be timed on something the girls in off-season have already done, and the girls in off-season will be doing different exercises. 

I have really loved track so far, and to me the hard work is all worth it. The sweat you shed during a practice makes it all the more worth it when you go inside and feel the cool air-conditioning. The aching muscles make it all the better when you get to finally sit down. The parched throats make it more relieving when you finally earn a water-break. I cannot wait for our first track meet on Valentine’s Day, and I can’t wait to feel rewarded for working so hard.

Band Is Best

All of your worries are washed away immediately once the music starts. Every day when I go to band class in 3rd period, I find myself swept up in the exhilaration of adding the sound of my instrument to the piece. I can hardly begin to describe it, but band is the best elective.

The first reason that band is the best is because it becomes very familiar to you very quickly. Even on bad days, I can always look forward to coming into the warm band hall and sitting in my assigned seat. Band is always like a tether for me when I am frustrated or sad, and I will pick up my flute for a while when I have a bad day. I know that once I pick up my flute and play the music we have worked so hard on that everything will be alright, and I have found that I have gotten so used to the green walls and smell of wood that I am always calmed when I play.

In addition, you can make lots of good friends in band. You get to know all of the people you work with and really have a great time with them. I have made so many friends in band that I wouldn’t even know if I hadn’t chosen it as my elective. Band has in a way made me a stronger and  better person because of it.  

Also, band teaches you perseverance. Learning to pursue an instrument takes lots of practice and patience. I love practicing because I know it makes me a better player, and in a way the perseverance has helped me with studying for other classes and doing my homework right away. I have even found that I have made better grades in all of my classes.

Overall, I believe that band is the best fine arts elective, and I will continue in band for a long time.