Schedule Struggles

From the start of first sessions to lunch times, delegates’ schedules vary depending on their program areas. Different program areas have different levels of freedom, and different delegates have different views of the various schedule tracks.

Hannah Megery from Palisades-Malibu is currently in the Media program. A typical day includes having the whole day to work on an assignment to meet daily deadlines along with two sessions, one in the morning and one at night.

Megery enjoys the amount of freedom she gets with Media and her schedule because she doesn’t have to worry about getting back to session after having lunch. She says, “I like that we could basically choose what hours we want to work and what hours we want to set aside to hang out with people.”

Not all program areas have schedules as relaxed as Media’s, however. For Alaba Donapedro from Albany Y, the Gold Senate schedule isn’t ideal. According to Donapedro, it makes it difficult to find time to hang out with her friends from other departments. Donapedro feels that, “The times should be more diverse (in Senate) because we have the exact same schedule everyday.”

Lynsey Adloch from Conejo valley says that Bench Trials’ sessions are also lengthy. They have a 5 hour session from 2-5 with a 20 minute break. This session is time for them to go over information about the case and to prepare their argument.

Marina Carlstroem in Constitutional Convention feels that being in her morning sessions after joint session makes it difficult to maintain focus. Carlstroem thinks that 1 hour lunch breaks aren’t enough time, but does, “enjoy the two hour afternoon sessions after lunch the most because [the] whole program area has a lot of energy.”


Author: Alissa Neou