It's a Balancing Act: How to Manage School and Sports

By Katherine Scruggs

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Being an adolescent is not always easy. In fact, many teenagers have had to learn the difficult lesson of balancing school with work, and sometimes even sports and extracurriculars.


Does this sound similar to what you or someone you know is dealing with? Well, the good news is that you are not alone, as a great deal of students tend to struggle with the same issue. Hopefully, this article will encompass you with ways to excel at school while juggling work and activities at the same time.


It is normal to feel pressure from having a lot on your plate. You might even be asking yourself, “How do other students like myself maintain balance with their lifestyle?”


One easy way for you to stay on top of your workload is to practice time management.


One student described, “I balance schoolwork and cheer by using my free time to get homework done instead of watching TV, or playing on my phone, and practice time to get better athletically.”


Another helpful tip in balancing all the aspects of your life is prioritizing school, as your education is crucial in getting into college, getting a good job, etc.


Another student wrote, “I always make time for school first, but when I have extra time, I will take more shifts at work … if my school work load is heavier, I will request less shifts until I catch up in school.”


Of course, schoolwork is super important and will help you understand the material, be successful on future tests, etc., but do not get too hung up on every assignment that you forget to live and enjoy your high school years.


Make good grades, but do not focus on school to the point where it consumes you.


Enjoy your high school years because you only get four of them! Take time to be a teenager every once and while, and do not stress too much.


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