Balancing everything takes effort for student-athletes

School And Extra Activities

Kristen Cawvey

Staff Reporter

Extra-Curricular activities are what I always look forward to the most when school starts. Sure I like doing projects and taking tests as much as the next person (sarcasm intended), but what happens after school is a different story.  Sports keep me in shape, clubs keep me involved, and school keeps me busy.

However, I must be careful about managing my time well, because if I don’t, I may end up putting off the important stuff. I’ll be honest, it ain’t easy. Most of us would rather mess around on Facebook or Twitter than study for a history test, but that is not a good idea. If you put something off once, you’ll do it again, and again, and soon it becomes a habit. The nothing gets done, your grades fall, and you have to quit doing your activities and focus only on your grades. So let’s skip that whole mess, and try something else.

Here are a few other tips that you may find useful:

1) Make a schedule for yourself. Have time set up for your extra activities around your school work, but make sure you also find time for friends, family, and most importantly, time for you.

2) When your studying, stay away from the following items

  • T.V.
  • Cell Phone
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc….

These items are a distraction and if they are around, you’ll be tempted to use them

3) If you extra activities seem to be getting in the way of your school work, go talk to the person in charge. Whether it’s a coach or a teacher, they’ll understand that your involved in a lot of things, and most of them will try to help you work around it.

4) Use your time wisely. Maybe instead of hanging with your friends before a game, you sit down in the cafeteria and work on your homework. This way, you wont be up late doing your homework and you can enjoy your break.

The key to  balance school and extracurricular activities is setting clear expectations from the beginning. Make it clear that school is your job, and it always comes first. You should limit your involvement to one to two extra-curricular responsibilities a day, and allow at least a couple of days off a week to avoid schoolwork interference. It is also important for you to be aware of signs that you may be too overloaded with schoolwork and extra curriculars. Tiredness is the biggest indicator—if you seem tired all the time, or too worn out to do your homework at the end of the day, it’s a sign you have too much on your plate. If you make a plan and stick with it, balancing school with extra activities will seem much easier.

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