Many aspects of balancing school and sports at Helix High School are difficult for students as the fall sports season begins.
Every year, according to Child Trends Database, about 61 percent of high schoolers participate in school athletics. This means that 61 percent of of high schoolers have to balance school and athletics. According to Griswold High School Senior Colton Reynolds, who participates in two sports, “School is definitely more important.”
For Reynolds, school is much more important because, “I need some sort of education to get somewhere in life,” said Reynolds. School should be the priority, but sometimes it comes with sacrifices of sleep, time, fun and many other things.
Sleep becomes more scarce as the school year goes on and homework is assigned more frequently. This can affect how one does while in class.“You’re not focused in class and don’t really know what's going on,” said Reynolds.
Late nights affect one's ability to perform in both school and sports. But if staying up is required, there are many good ways to do it. To help Reynolds stay focused from distractions like his phone or like Kyleen Stahancyk, a Junior at Griswold High School who also participates in two sports, says, ¨Netflix¨ he puts away his phone. Stahancyk silences her phone and tries to block out the urge to watch another episode.
The internet has become one of the largest distractions for people these days. It is difficult to refrain from being on a device all the time or answering a friend who is trying to make contact. Shutting off a device or staying off the internet can help one stay focused longer and get homework done more quickly. By completing homework sooner, it allows one to go to bed sooner, lessening the chance of being tired in the morning and falling asleep in class.
Stahancyk gets through balancing school and sports with ¨a lot of prayer¨ and, of course, ¨Popcorn, I eat a lot of popcorn,¨ she said. Eating snacks may seem distracting, but eating popcorn and chewing gum allows her to focus and gives her something to do because she often gets bored with homework. This is helpful to many as a source to help them stay awake. Another really popular thing to do while doing homework is to listen to music.
In the future, being able to balance things may help prepare for college and a job in later life because practicing hard work and good habits for studying will carry over to life after high school. Being able to Balance will also help one be able to juggle multiple parts of their life at one time because it has become a good habit for many years.
Sports are a great opportunity, but one has to be ready to do the work and put the extra time in so that failure is not an option. School and sports are great for building character, but can be very difficult to balance. Everyone handles things differently and this is just two people’s ideas of what works for them.