I’m a competitive person, to say it lightly.
Maybe it comes from my status as the youngest child. Or maybe those stereotypes about fiery redheads with short fuses are true.
No matter the reason, I like to win. But more than that, I like to play.
I grew up playing sports, board games, card games — the works. I was never very good. But I dragged myself back to volleyball practice time and time again. I made a routine of heading to the card table with my cousins after dinner for Scrabble, spoons or a PG version of drinking games.
One gruesome game of Monopoly took up three days of vacation and ended with my brother and sister refusing to speak to each other for hours.
Even now, years removed from the days of making up my own games and competing for playing time, I find time to put my competitive personality to good use.
Moving into the dorms my first year at Loyola, I brought decks and decks of cards, hoping to teach my new friends all the games I grew up playing. Last year, my roommates and I became obsessed with competitive Solitaire, a version of the classic solo game where players work off of each other’s progress.
We joked about it, comparing ourselves to other college students who were likely heading out to the bars instead of setting up yet another round of cards while lounging in their pajamas.
A bit juvenile? Maybe. But it was fun to act like a kid. And we probably laughed more than we would have at the bars anyway. (Although last weekend, we did bring five decks of cards to a local bar and played a few rounds of Solitaire while trying to avoid being the unfortunate bar-goer who gets beer spilled on them).
I’m not too much of an athlete anymore, and I haven’t made up my own game in years. But it’s nice to have a hobby of sorts to fall back on.
In this week’s issue, the News section holds articles on Loyola’s declining international student population and alleged exclusion in one of Loyola’s sororities.
Sports looks into the men’s basketball team’s free throw percentage and A&E includes a feature about a Rogers Park resident who took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Grammys for his nomination.
In Opinion, The Phoenix Editorial Board calls on the university to lock its tuition for four years, meaning students wouldn’t have to deal with tuition increases each year.