Time is the important component in allowing one’s own future have a set influence based on our own actions, especially in school, sports, and ultimately life. Throughout Paso High, there are multiple sporting events every week filled with participating student athletes, roughly 1,000 throughout the school year. Behind the student athletes are the untold stories of what they had to overcome in order to become an athlete, maintain good grades as a student, and become the person that they are today. With a survey taken of the 10% population of about 1,000 student athletes at the high school, information based on classes and how much time actually spent on work and sports was shown. Having to be a student comes with the pressures of keeping good grades, completing projects, and hopes, for some, of going to a university. The same amount of pressure put in to being a student goes to being an athlete with going to practices, doing well in games, and ultimately growing to become the best athlete that one can be. When those commitments are combined, student athletes have the opportunity to flourish in both fields, but there are also effects of being involved so much.
In order to maintain a healthy balance, sophomore tennis player and diver at Paso Robles High School, Maeven Perlich Chase, says it’s important that you “don’t procrastinate and prioritize your goals.” The prioritization of work and goals is a key factor in controlling the active lifestyle that student athletes undergo, especially considering that 84% of them practice five or more days for their sport. Figuring out a balance between sports and school is an essential element in managing time and priorities. The balance between school and sports has more of an influence than what it is initially thought of, as explained by cross country, track and field coach, and science academy 1 teacher, Mrs. Hoyt, “It allows them [student athletes] to work on balance, and I really think that it gives them a really unique skills set. It allows students to have more structure, and so they have their practices, they have to be responsible, get their homework done after practice, and so I think it just really prepares them for the real world where they’ll have to have a good work life balance. So, student athletes get experience with that with extracurriculars and a school life balance.”
From the survey taken, 41.6% of student athletes are taking two to three AP or honors classes this year. That is going along with 33% saying they only have two hours after practice or games to do work when 43% says the homework takes at least two hours to finish. The time spent in practices and finishing work ends up having the student athletes learning how to balance their commitments and manage their time. With having games and occasionally tournaments, the student athletes miss about two to three class periods per week as expressed by 56.6% of the student athletes during the season. Having to know how to plan ahead is vital in balancing the two commitments as explained by sophomore water polo player and swimmer Sarah Clark, “I try to work time in after my practices to finish my homework. I also work at school sometimes just to make sure I get everything done. You have to be really careful with managing your time.” With so much going on throughout the school year, student athletes here at Paso High have the opportunity to acknowledge when time is set apart for school and sports, and how to accomplish being the best student athlete that one can be in order to be successful.