Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dewa Athena

        Dewa Athena is an event held by SMA Negeri 3 Bandung (specifically the Student Council of SMAN 3 Bandung). This year, it is called "Dewa Athena IX" because it's the 9th time this event was held. It was held on the 25th of March and 1st of April (yeah, the event was held for 2 days). Basically, it is an annual sport week. We do all kind of sport activities during this event, and every class has to compete in it. The name "Dewa Athena" which means "Goddess Athena" in English is derived from a Greek virgin goddess named Athena. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, craft, and war in ancient Greek religion and mythology. She was the daughter of Zeus. (https://www.greekmythology.com/Olympians/Athena/athena.html & https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena)
        There were plenty of competitions held, such as basketball, football, relay race, gobak sodor (traditional Indonesian game), volleyball, relay race, dodgeball, and also badminton. Every class had to send the number of students needed (every competition has different number of players) to join every of the competitions held. So, every single class needed to participate in the competitions. The first day which was on 25th of March was the first round, and the second day which was on the 1st of April was the second round. So, the class who won against their competitor on the first round could continue to the second round. Every class had their own "manager" to make sure the players of the class were there and ready to compete so the competition could go well.
        In my opinion, this sport week is very important because instead of spending all of our time studying or maybe being a "couch potato", we need to spend some time to take a good care of our body, too, which can be done by doing sports. Participation im sports can be a great way to relieve stress. Today’s students suffer from many different stresses, don't you think? Playing sports can helps students increase their self-esteem and develop more confidence. They will be able to see themselves perform at something, and it will help them feel good about themselves. Also, students who do sports develop more than just physical skills. They also learn important skills that are valued in life. For example, teamwork and patience. So, in conclusion, sport is very important for our health, both on the outside and the inside.
         Dewa Athena is held every year because there are many students in SMAN 3 who loves playing sports. So, this event is a really great opportunity for those who love playing sports because they can show their skill to the other students and do what they love. This is a great and healthy way of having rest from studying, too.
        On the first day of Dewa Athena, I couldn't join the event because I had to go to a doctor to get a check-up. And it was quite sudden, so I was actually a bit disappointed because I really wanted to join the dodgeball competition with the rest of my friends. Yes, I was supposed to be in charged of the dodgeball game. Dodgeball is very fun, and that's why I chose dodgeball out of all the games. But fortunately, my class' dodgeball team won the first round! So the next week which was the second day, I could finally participate in the dodgeball game. And sadly, me and the rest of the team lost the game to the acceleration class. Huh. But I was still happy that I could join the game, and I enjoyed the game very much.
        What I get from this sport week event is that great teamwork is really needed when you want to achieve something that can't be done by ourselves. We will always need the others to help us out to achieve what we want. We also need patience. We can't blame the others for the mistakes they've done, but instead, we need to "self-reflect" and try to make up for the mistakes that we've done. Overall, Dewa Athena was a great event!

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