Article By: Mae Kirkpatrick
Editor: Ben Carden
Cinematographer: Sofia Jimenez
Anchor: Jeanne Dee
Now that the 3rd season tryouts are underway, there is a new excitement amongst students as both new and returning athletes prepare for the 8 weeks ahead. Along with this, many students are quietly suffering in their own ways from the issue of Post-IASAS Depression (PID). After a few days of pure sports, bonding and excitement, second season IASAS players struggle to get back into the habit of assignments, tests and homework.
Sophomore Ayaka Sugiyama, who played Touch Rugby in Bangkok, feels that Post-IASAS Depression to her is “missing the team and missing playing rugby,” while Senior Ryan Mandahl, who played on the Rugby team, felt different about PID, saying “it was my last year playing with the rugby boys, they made rugby the most fun season, and it hurts to know that I won’t be on the same pitch with the same lads again.” Even Grace Stevens, a sophomore Tennis player, had a different outlook of what PID was, as she felt it was “that feeling when you have to come back to a normal day and its really anticlimactic after the really exciting few days you just had.”
Although all athletes had different perspectives on what Post-IASAS Depression really was, they all faced similar struggles during the few days after IASAS. Ayaka felt the hardest part about PID was that “since the third season already started, you can’t just think about Touch, you need to move on and you need to think about the next thing.” Her advice to others struggling with PID was to “keep in touch with your teammates.” Georgina Pekin, a sophomore on the basketball team said what she missed most was “being able to spend time with teammates, and all of the emotional rollercoaster that comes with winning and losing, and watching exciting games.” Her own advice was to just “look at IASAS compliments, talk to your friends, and watch videos from IASAS.” In addition, it is clear that even athletes playing at home still had similar feelings about PID, with Grace saying the part she missed most was “getting to meet other people,” and another Tennis player, Bianca Catoto, said the hardest part was “the lost feeling of hype. Leading up to IASAS was really exciting (and a bit nerve-racking) and then having IASAS actually arrive was really fun and it was an awesome few days. But now that it’s over, there’s this empty feeling where the excited, hyped feeling used to be and I’m not sure how to fill it yet.”
Despite the fact that Post-IASAS Depression is so prominent amongst all the athletes, IASAS still provides a wide array of unforgettable memories, and with the new season comes new opportunities to make more experiences.