At my first high school, VES, we had to play sports every season. When I tell people this now they are mortified, but there were ways of getting out of it or joining a club instead if you really did some convincing. I never felt the need though. I loved playing sports and being a part of a team. In a school where I often felt out of place, being able to bond with people over a shared interest like volleyball or basketball was really important to me. I had people to say hi to in the halls, and was always surrounded by a friendly face. The truth was that I was intimidated by people I thought I had nothing in common with, but really I just didn’t have the confidence to go figure out what it was that we did.