Down to the Second

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The game was tied 5-5 and the Watercolors had the frisbee. It was thrown up into the air about 10 yards from the in zone, but a member of the Dream Team touched it sending the disk off course. The Watercolors captain dove to the ground and in a beautiful moment, he caught the frisbee! People looked around and he was sitting right on the line of the in zone when the ref called time thus scoring the winning point for the Watercolors in the final seconds!

That was how the the Watercolors versus Dream Team game went today, and we have to win one more game against them to go up against the staff next week in the infamous student faculty ultimate frisbee TIP game. I’m ready to kick some Dream Team butt tomorrow.

Though the names may be odd, the Watercolors is actually the team that usually wins because it is run by 4th yearers and there is a bunch of tradition and stuff with being on that team. So actually, this game was scary close and we got really worried we may have a repeat of last year where the Dream Team would win and play the staff. We are determined though to not let that sad year be repeated. I must say, while it freaked me out to be so close even at the last second, the game was probably far more interesting and exciting to win because of how close of a game it was.

When you have very little time left it tends to make people “wake up” so to say. People become alert with a rush of adrenaline that helps them push through no matter how tired they may be.

I’ve seen this happen at school too. Some students prefer to wait until the last minute to do homework because then for some reason they feel more motivated and excited to race the clock and get it done right before the buzzer (or bell in this case).

What if people could have that motivation and energy level through out an entire process, may that be a ultimate frisbee game or a homework assignment? In the secret sauce to just have a timer? What if homework assignments had some added challenge/competition level to them somehow where you had to race against yourself to get the answers right.

It’s like back in elementary school when we would do mad minutes to learn our basic multiplication skills; the goal was to see how many equations you could correctly solve in a minute and then each time you would try to beat that score. It was only for a completion grade, but because of the challenge component people seemed to get better and really learn that skill. Could this concept potentially be applied to more challenging material now that I’m a high schooler?

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