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Which would you choose?

Post by wyosciencenerd » May 25th, 2009, 2:17 pm

So next year my state's Science Olympiad competition is most likely going to fall on the dates that my school's French classes are taking a trip to France. There is small chance that they will leave the day after state, but like I said, it's very small. Here's the scenario and my thought process. Please tell me what you would honestly choose.

I would absolutely love to go to France, but Science Olympiad is also my passion at school and at home. It takes priority over all of my other activites. However, after science, my foreign language classes are my favorites. The way I see it, I have two more years that I can compete in SO and then that's it--I can no longer compete anymore. I also think I have the rest of my life (which will presumably be a long time) to go to France.

I've told my friends in French that I'm most likely going to choose SO over France, and they think I'm crazy. I've told my best friend (who's also in SO, and loves it almost as much as I do) and she's not sure what she would pick. She brought up the point of how sad I'd be if we lose state again. This year, when we got 3rd at state, I ended up crying (I really thought we could win. Plus I wanted to go to nats again so much). She asked me what I would do if we lose state again next year and I gave up a trip to France so we have a better shot at the 1st place title? But also, what if they win state next year and I can't go with them to nats because I didn't go to state? That could be my last chance at going to nats again, and last year's at DC was one of the best experiences of my life.

Please, tell me what you'd honestly choose. I need advice.
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Re: Which would you choose?

Post by fmtiger124 » May 25th, 2009, 2:29 pm

SO! :D :lol:
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Re: Which would you choose?

Post by EastStroudsburg13 » May 25th, 2009, 2:54 pm

Why wouldn't you be able to go to nats? I think since you still have next year you should do France, unless you can't go to nats for some reason if you don't go to states. I'm assuming you're from Wyoming and they don't have regionals there. If you can't, then it would depend on how much of an impact your not being there would make. If there would not be that much effect on the team if you went to France (no offense) you should go to France. If you're one of the key cogs of the team, though, then you should do SO. It also depends on what you think your team's ability is.

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Re: Which would you choose?

Post by andrewwski » May 25th, 2009, 3:38 pm

Nobody can decide for you...obviously the bulk of responses here are biased toward SO...but it's going to be what you really want.

Personally, nothing would make me miss an SO competition.

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Re: Which would you choose?

Post by binary010101 » May 25th, 2009, 4:36 pm

Considering the fact that this is a forum specifically dedicated to Science Olympiad...

You should choose for yourself, though.
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Re: Which would you choose?

Post by wyosciencenerd » May 25th, 2009, 5:12 pm

EASTstroudsburg13 wrote:Why wouldn't you be able to go to nats?
I wouldn't be able to go to nats because the school's policy is that if a team makes it to a big competition (like nats) but one of the members decided not to go to the competition before that (state), they can't go. The exception is to that rule is if the person was sick, there was a death in the family, etc. This is to try and keep people who didn't help the team from getting a free trip somewhere.
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Personally, nothing would make me miss an SO competition

That's the way I feel about it too. In my heart, I already know that SO won the battle against France, it's just getting people to understand why I would choose science over France that is going to be the problem.

Thanks so much to everyone for responding! Please feel free to keep posting replies; I'll be sure to read them!
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Re: Which would you choose?

Post by rocketman1555 » May 25th, 2009, 5:24 pm

why don't you explain to your friends in French that your team could possibly make it to Nationals, and if they do you want to be able to go with them, because nationals could be a once in a life thing, as you only have so many years to do it, and if you were sad about getting third at state, you might as well go back and try to do better, i know how losing feels
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Re: Which would you choose?

Post by HappySciencePie » May 25th, 2009, 6:39 pm

Choose SO :]
Like you said, you enjoy science a bit more than foreign language, and you can always go to France when you get older.

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Personally, I don't think that many people need to know WHY you wanted to go the States, as long as you made it clear that you wanted to go.
But you could tell them that you have a dedication to the team, and you want them to go to Nats :]
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Re: Which would you choose?

Post by SOninja » May 25th, 2009, 6:58 pm

You should go to SO because your team will need you.
Whatever you decide though, good luck!
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Re: Which would you choose?

Post by soobsession » May 27th, 2009, 2:44 pm

lols...notice your asking for the opinions of ppl who love SO :lol:
so obviously, im going with SO. seriously. sounds like your team is pretty good (being able to go to nats before and all) and like you said, SO is (or at least for my school) an activity you can participate in for 6 years max. going to france is like...you can go next summer if you really want to! im just me, but i wouldnt miss SO if my life depended on it. SO is my life. SO > EVERYTHING as we say on my team...including french...

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