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Don’t ask what my hobbies are.

By: Courtney Lyons


The start of the school year coincides with the recycling of icebreakers on the first day of class. While a delay in lecturing about plutonian justice is appreciated by those of us who do not buy their books before the first day, there is one question that should be in the receptacle like that of The Fault of Our Stars in Floridian libraries: What are your hobbies?


Said question, one of many iterations, is usually the tag-along to what the professor actually wants to know, namely, class and major. Yet, this innocuous question activates my fight or flight as I forget every single thing I’ve ever done in the last twenty years on this Earth. Suddenly, I am no longer a complex individual, but merely a specter that bides their time by staring into the abysses.


People do not “hobby” like they used to. While my grandmother is fond of crocheting and my mom is an avid-puzzle completer, I partake in the recent phenomena of binge-watching and ‘bed-rotting.’ Yet, the implicit peeking order of hobbies does not admit those new developments to its upper echelons. I could say I read, write, hike, or bike, but I follow Professor Umbridge’s instructions to Harry Potter that “I must not tell lies.”

Although I argue for the question’s euthanasia, I think my frustration with this inquiry is, most fundamentally, an indication that I must discover hobbies that can break the ice farther than global warming on the first day of school.


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