For those 1Ls deciding whether to include an "interests" section, a weird anecdote....my first 20 or so OCI interviewers, no one mentioned my lack of an interests section. My second to last interview, the interviewer complimented me on not having one, and then ranted for like 5 mins about how stupid and unprofessional interests sections are. Right after that, in my last interview, the interviewer berated me for half the interview because I didn't have an interests section.
I think the take-away lesson might also be to avoid lame interest sections, if you include one. When I was a recruiter, my eyes would glaze over each time I saw "traveling" as an interest. Yeah, real original. You like to travel!
I used to be a philosophy major, and put metaphysics down as an interest...got asked about it at least once per callback this year, and at pretty much all my interviews as a 1L (of course, the downside was they wanted me to TALK about it...one callback interviewer grilled me on paradoxes for 30 minutes AND I didn't get an offer...jerk). Let's not talk about the interest once people find out a hobby is collecting Japanese swords...
Why is competitive target shooting non-PC?
Plenty of hippies have no problem with competitive target shooting and it also qualifies as something a senior partner may invite you to do. It goes on the list. Tobacco appraising spawns conversation; thus, it also goes on the list.