Humor: Jock Outs Himself as a Nerd, Breaks Down Barriers for Student Athletes Everywhere

HUMOR DISCLAIMER: This article is intended as satire and uses the tools of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule in the context of contemporary politics, current trends, recent school events, and other topical issues.

by Devon Goldstein ‘21 and Sudha Sudaker ‘21

Most people know senior Charlie Stanley for his stellar athletic performance on the lacrosse field. However, many would be surprised to find out that Stanley has an intellectual side. This year Stanley decided to ditch the stereotypical reputation of a high school jock and embrace his identity as a self-confessed nerd. Stanley refuses to conform to the stereotype that athletes don’t have interests outside of sports.

Despite Stanley’s achievements in lacrosse and his impeccable reputation amongst his teammates, he doesn’t consider lacrosse to be his top priority or his main passion. “I want people to know that I am more than just a lacrosse player, as I have other interests that make up who I am,” said Stanley. In fact, Stanley desires to be a competitive crossword completer, which may come as a surprise to many.

“Completing crosswords is what I genuinely enjoy, so I wanted to pursue it competitively,” said Stanley.

Driven by a passion for language and words, Stanley plans to be an entymologist. He enjoys studying the history and origin of words and wants to share this interest with others. Etymology is not the field you would expect a stellar lacrosse player to go into, which is what makes Stanley so unique. This love for words is what led him to create a club for those passionate about words. “I want to unite people through this club and even try and draw in new people to see the fascinating aspects of etymology,” said Stanley.

Known for his athletic abilities and amiable personality, Stanley admits that he is a little concerned about being perceived as a nerdy bookworm amongst his fellow peers. However, he believes the time has come for him to finally come out and proudly show his true self in front of others. The liberation that comes with Stanley allowing himself to openly show his true self has allowed him to be the best version of himself.