Student athletes consistently work to balance priorities

Nivedhaa Naresh Kumar, Staff Editor

With the in-person reinstatement of all sports and activities, the extracurricular choices students have are vast. Some are trying out new things, while others are putting in the same dedication and effort for their current sport. But, even with less constraints surrounding sports, homework and studying are still prevalent especially for AP-level students. 

“There’s a lot of times where I feel overwhelmed with school and sports,” said Anna Lee, sophomore. “But athletics gives me time to relieve any stress that I might have.” 

Diya Chaudhari, freshman, begs to differ. “I don’t really feel stressed with my workload since I try to have a good schedule and be organized as possible.” Chaudhari believes that if students balance their workload properly, they can alleviate stress. 

Many people have different methods they use to cope with academic stress. Whether it be listening to music, going on walks or talking to someone, the possibilities are endless; however, it all comes down to what works for each individual.

“I usually take breaks when I feel stressed. More specifically, I try to do the opposite of what’s stressing me out,” said Adithya Raman, sophomore. “For example, if I’m working on English homework, I try to do something that doesn’t involve reading in my break, like watching a movie.” 

Nonetheless, even with the busy schedules and work that comes with it, being a student-athlete has it’s positive effects. From better time management to a healthier lifestyle, if academic and athletic commitments are balanced properly, the benefits are vast.

“Participating in a sport gets you more involved with what school has to offer,” said Helena Ferreira, sophomore. “You get a good amount of exercise and your social circle expands.” 

Chaudhari agrees. “You also get good at organizing and managing your priorities. When you’re coming home around 5:40 and all you want to do is go to sleep, you find the most efficient ways to get your work done.”

“There are times where it feels like you’re running out of time to do anything, but it’s only temporary,” Lee said. “Being a student-athlete is definitely worth it in the end; you become an efficient and overall better person.”