Quitting Interview: River Mariman ’18

What is something that you’ve quit?

Well, freshman year, I signed up for a lot of clubs at the club fair. I signed up for Save the Elephants, GSA… I signed up for a lot of clubs. And quickly afterwards, I dropped a lot of them because I [realized] that I didn’t really have time… So that’s most of the reason why I quit the clubs … During break, I want to eat, or meet with teachers, or things like that.

Were any of them hard to quit?

Freshman year I did basketball, [and] that was a little bit harder of a choice to quit because then I didn’t do it after freshman year… I’d played basketball before freshman year for a really long time. But the sport took up a lot of my time, and I wasn’t as interested in basketball as I used to be. I was expecting myself to want to do it, but I had to face the reality that it wasn’t really for me anymore.

Were there other people who wanted you to keep doing it?

I had some friends on the team who wanted me to stay, but there wasn’t anyone super pressuring me to want to stay.

How do you feel now about that decision?

I feel okay with it. I don’t mind; I’m not beating myself up, or in deep regret. I think I made a good decision. Rather than just doing basketball because my parents maybe wanted me to, I didn’t do it because I knew I didn’t want to. So, I learned how to do what I needed.

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