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Balancing Act

Student athletes must master time management in order to find success in and out of the classroom.

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Maicol Vasco, Writer

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Being a student athlete is hard, having seven hours of school, four hours of practice, and having room for homework and sleep each day. About nine hundred of our students are juggling sports and school. Athletic director Andy Chiles knows time management is key to be successful in both the classroom and a sport.

“You go to school, have homework or tests you have study for just like any other student,” Andy Chiles said.

The ability to organize their workload and manage their time is critical when being a student athlete.

“I do homework after practices, but if I know I have a game I do it the day before just because I know I will be tired after the game,” Chris Coll said.  

A student athlete also needs to know their limits to where they aren’t overworking themselves causing mental or physical damage.  

“There are times where I am unable to go to soccer practices because I’m so backed up on school assignments and it affects my abilities in soccer, but I try to find ways to make up for it like practice at home, ” Brian Garcia said.

Being able to balance academic work and sports is crucial for student athletes because school and sports work shoulder to shoulder.

Student athletes find a way to prioritize sports and academics. The student side is you’re worried about the SAT, homework, studying and midterms. An athlete is always thinking about the next opponent, practice, game days and finding ways to get better. Only those who find a balance will find success.

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