After the IASAS high comes the IASAS withdrawal, or more commonly called the “Post-IASAS Blues”. Being social-network-savvy, our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds are filled with statuses, pictures, and messages of #postiasasdepression to “missing this already”, announcing the return of the depressed, but nevertheless triumphant, athletes. But, what causes the Post-IASAS Blues? Is it the hard work that athletes put in? Students work hard for their Extended Essays, IOPs, IOCs, Internal Investigations, and exams, but no one seems to miss them (except the occasional nerd; kudos to your enthusiasm). So what is it exactly?
“I can’t even fully describe and pinpoint why we have IASAS blues”, admits senior Tennis player Joy Yuen. “It’s something about this experience which makes it unique for everyone”, she adds. For Nathan de Villa, his first IASAS was an overwhelming experience, and there were various factors that pushed him to fall into the blues. “The whole process of training for four months, travelling, and the anticipation of just getting on court, giving it all you got, still gives me chills”, he reminisces. The positive ending, a Bronze medal from an intense match, and the “tears from the seniors” made this IASAS worthy of the blues.
Though coming back from IASAS leaves many athletes in pain, “sadness is beautiful. Loneliness is tragical”, sings the Backstreet Boys. Luckily, our athletes are anything but lonely as “the friendships and people you meet” are definitely one of the main things that they take back with them. Overall, the post-IASAS Blues are a normal symptoms of a great, fruitful IASAS that highlights the importance of friendship over just mere winning.
Article by: Isabel Wilson, Grade 12 Photographs by: Ariana Mapua, Grade 12