Utilizing Community Time 101

Eli Schotland, Staff Writer

October 20, 2023

Dear Readers, with the new schedule, many of you must be wondering how to fill the bountiful gift that is Community Time. There are always clubs, a cappella groups, and other options. But as a community, we’ve already spent our time doing those things. I’ve never met a single student who hasn’t attended a Model UN debate or an NTC meeting. Everyone’s sung in an ensemble or been to a session of Bullish Dogs. Been there, done that. You could start a new club if you want (after all, Nobles definitely doesn’t have enough), but who wants to do that? It’s scary to get up in assembly, and it’s a proven fact that starting a club and appointing yourself as president has never helped anyone to get into college. Alright, then, if going to a club is boring, and so is making one, then what should you do?

Fear not, for we have some ideas for you. First off, gambling! This tried and true classic of Nobles recreation is the perfect occupation to fill those lazy hours. Whether it’s poker, blackjack, roulette, or craps, all that matters is that you’re gambling. I advise playing for ungodly sums of money–it always ups the ante and adds a certain challenge to an otherwise boring game. Gambling teaches you about risk management, game theory, and probability skills. It’s honestly surprising why no math elective is dedicated to it. I suggest using the library for your games of chance. A​​fter all, the librarians love a good game of poker. Ask Librarian Sokoll to show you their card counting skills! 

(Photo Credit: Zack Mittelstadt)

Another excellent idea: don’t do your homework during Community Time. Our PD curriculum emphasizes decreasing stress and spending time doing the things you love. If you don’t love homework, then don’t do it! Community time should be spent with the community, not doing your schoolwork. Honors Physics can wait. Is that test really worth another 50 minutes of your day? I don’t think so. Go to lunch early! Honestly, with only two lunch periods a day, the earlier you can get in line, the better.

Of course, if you need to scratch that productive itch instead of watching Netflix (like I do in Mr. Polebaum’s AP Euro class), you could always spend your community time writing a Letter to the Editor of The Nobleman. We really do need to fill pages (I wouldn’t be writing this article otherwise). A Letter to the Editor is a great way to share your voice with the whole school. Trust me, absolutely everyone reads the Letters to the Editor. In fact, it’s the most consistently read section of the entire paper, year after year. Write a letter! It’ll definitely get published, and we absolutely care about what you have to say.

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