The Life of a Student Athlete

Zoe Cade, Staff

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Being an AP student is no joke, just like being a student athlete is no joke.

The school is known for their outstanding academic program, just as they are well-known for their unbeatable athletic teams.

I am one of the many AP student athletes who has to juggle practices and endless amounts of homework.

Having the best of both worlds definitely comes with its downsides.

“I can’t go out, I have practice/homework.”

That is something I say at least twice a week.

It’s not as bad as you’d think it is though.

Personally, I love learning. If that means missing out on a couple of social outings here and there, it’s a risk I’m willing to take.

Soccer is the same way, during the week we have practice in the morning, whether it’s in the weight room or in the field, so my days are pretty extended.

When it comes to going out after school, I’m either too tired to do anything or I have a mound of homework I have to finish OR sometimes both.

The life of an AP student athlete may not be a charmed one, but it is an adaptable one.

Even though we are so fresh into the year, I have been picking up skills on how to basically not die with so much going on with school, soccer practice and my social life.

I simply followed these self-created steps:

  1. DON”T PANIC. BREATHE. Honestly this step is crucial. Trying to balance school, sports and a social life can be a lot to handle and may overwhelm you, which brings us to our next step.
  2. PRIORITIZE. Is that birthday party really more important than your soccer practice and AP English homework? Don’t think so.
  3. TIME MANAGEMENT. This is another thing that can make or break you. Managing your time is an important skill that can help you now and in the future.
  4. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. This doesn’t only apply to sports. Practice everything you do (such as studying!) and perfect your daily routine.
  5. PREPARE FOR SURPRISES. As much as we like routines, (see step 4) we must be prepared for life to throw us a curveball. Last minute morning practice? Pop Quiz? Adaptable.

Other honorable mentions about this is the positive parts that come with it.

Like being on a team, and getting the most beneficial education possible from your school is the best.

When you’re on a team with people who are also AP students, they understand what you’re going through.

On a team you learn how to incorporate other people’s ideas and opinions and validate them, which ultimately helps you in school.

It’s one big circle of life where everything correlates.

Honestly, being an AP student athlete is the best decision I’ve made in my high school life.

 

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