…and yeah. It’s quizzing season at the moment, and the next few months are going to be so FULL of quizzes you can’t even tell whether there’ll be a quiz the next day, and it’s highly probable that more than once this month, you’ll have to wake up in haste and get dressed messily so that you’ll be on time for at least the prelims of your umpteenth quiz. No impressing the girls (or boys) this time, Le Usual Quizzer. Save that neatly-ironed shirt of yours for the next quiz (keep your fingers crossed, though, that you’ll be able to wear it). School quizzers, it’s that time of the year when you can legitimately bunk classes (and in some cases, get extra marks for it).
Aside: I wonder whether mosquito-catching is adequate buzzer practice? Both require quick reflexes, and, in both cases, you’ve got to jump and grab hold of the *ahem* desired object before something bad happens–either the mosquito gets away (HOW DARE HE) or the answer does. It’s also probably a matter of debate which of the two makes you feel worse.
I’m really hoping a few more lady quizzers would come into the school quizzing field this year. At the moment, the number of girls I know in Kerala who are active quizzers are less than I can count on my fingers. Not exactly good.
It just strikes me that, in most big quizzes on average, there are usually less than three girls in a twelve-person final round. Some girls I know are out to change that. (Including yours truly.) I know one of them personally, a few by reputation. There should be more girls actually participating, though, and more in the finals. And I’ll consider the battle for female quizzers to have been waged and won when I see one of these quizzes with at least six girls in the finals:
- Young World regionals
- Aqua Regia regionals
- TCS IT Wiz regionals
- RBIQ regionals
So far, Aqua Regia has come the closest, with 4 girls in the national finals in 2013, including an all-girls’ team from Mumbai. But yeah well. I’m still waiting for that six-girl final. 😀
Moving on to another tack. Many school quizzers enthusiastically participate in a quiz prelims, eagerly wait for the answers, count their marks, listen with disappointment as they find they haven’t been selected into the finals… and leave.
That hideous noise you just heard was the heart-rending wail of the inner soul of the quizmaster slash quiz puritan.
Get this straight. IT. IS. UNTHINKABLE. TO. EVEN. CONTEMPLATE. LEAVING. A. QUIZ. EXCEPT. UNTIL. IT. IS. OVER. Many quiz enthusiasts even go onto the stage after the quiz and introduce themselves to the QM and sometimes even help in packing up the equipment. While I don’t recommend the last-mentioned course of action, it’s definitely worth meeting up with the QM if you’re a real quiz buff. And, of course, if you know the QM from earlier quizzes, it’s a bonus. 😉
I was watching the webcast of the 2014 Kochi TCS IT Wiz finals a little while ago, and I came across this gem from Pickbrain — well, I don’t remember the exact wording, but I do remember its gist. What he essentially said was this:
Successful people learn from watching other successful people perform.
My last peeve for today is also something I really have to remember to follow myself. Again, it’s directed mainly towards school quizzers.
Most quizzers today consider quizzing as a sport rather than an art. And, like any other sport, it is a social activity. Admittedly, the ante is on the muscle in the brain as opposed to the biceps or triceps or whatever (note to self: learn names for different muscles in the body!), but still, muscle is muscle.
Coming back to the point. As a social activity, quizzing also has the power to connect different people. Or, putting it in another way, it’s a way of generating friendships.
So, along with the usual battle of the brains that we see so often, try to make new friends as well. It really pays off. And, people who already have a lot of quizzing friends *raises hand*, try to expand your circle to include new friendships with both experienced quizzers and newbs, rather than stay within your own circle of friends. After all, everyone was a beginner once, and it’s good for quizzes to present a welcoming rather than an intimidating arena. Some extra nugget of info that might just come for the quiz is also a bonus. (Hey, think practical too.)
So a very happy quizzing season to you all. And, as always, keep calm and carry on quizzing! 🙂