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Humans of La Salle: How Student Athletes Manage Both Being a Student and an Athlete

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Humans of La Salle: How Student Athletes Manage Both Being a Student and an Athlete

Dakota Canzano, Staff Reporter

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It can be difficult and stressful trying to manage school and sports. We talked to a variety of student athletes at La Salle about how they keep a healthy balance between being a student and an athlete. Here are their responses:

Sport(s): Softball

“I usually have practice right after school so I go right from school to practice and then, as soon as I get out of practice I rush home and I prioritize what I need to do. [I do this] by setting up a list on a notepad and then I check off each thing on my list. I take 5 minute breaks between each subject so I can get a snack or something and that’s pretty much it.”

– Hannah Rice, sophomore 

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Sport(s): Golf

“I like to spend time practicing for my sports but school work always comes first. As a student athlete, student comes first in [the phrase] student athlete. So, I will get home and do my homework right away and then I’ll have a snack, relax, and then if I have anything else I will do that. Then, I will go practice [my] sports.”

– DJ Bielak, freshman

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Sport(s): Volleyball & Track

“Basically how I balance [school and sports] is I usually am in the car a lot so I transfer all my documents into Notability and I do a lot of my homework in the car…or whenever I find time and I’m not doing something, that’s when I usually start my homework because a lot of the times, I’m out late at night with sports. I also talk to my teachers about my sports schedule and let them know what’s going on in my life.”

– Mary Gach, sophomore

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Sport(s): Baseball

“Balancing homework and school has definitely changed my high school experience. My first season [during] sophomore year when I took the [fall] season off, I had so much free time that I didn’t know what to do with it. I also believe that being a student athlete will help me outside of my years at La Salle.”

– Perry Collman, junior

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Sport(s): Cross Country & Track

“Sometimes, it actually can be hard but you kind of have to find that balance. During breaks do you choose to hang out with your friends [or] work on projects instead… it’s kind of like prioritizing and figuring out what your goals [are] and if being with your friends is more important than getting a better grade.”

– Paige Baines, freshman

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Sport(s): Baseball & Cross Country

“I normally try to get my work done before practice or during class, [because] that way I don’t have to do much when I get home.”

– Roman Aragon, sophomore

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Sport(s): Volleyball

“Before practice I would always have a little bit of time before it started so I would always sit down with my friends and we would always work on homework together. If I had more homework after [practice] I would set aside some time before dinner to finish, when I get home.”

– Izzy Sprando, freshman

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Sport(s): Softball & Basketball

“I have an Honors Pass right now so I try to whip out as much homework as I can during that [or] after school when I have free time, I try to get everything done. After practice I’ll shower really fast, eat and go up to my room to try to get everything done on time. I like to stay on top of all of my assignments.”

– Hannah Sisul, senior

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Sport(s): Track

“I mostly just figure out how much time I have in the day and how much homework I’m going to have before I get home. There’s also lunch periods where you can do homework… especially if you have a long practice. It’s really just time conservation and talking to teachers to make sure they understand what’s going on.”

– Luca Blue Tidrick-Schmidt, freshman

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Are you a student athlete? Let us know in the comments below what you do to keep a balance between school and sports!

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Dakota Canzano, Staff Reporter

Dakota is currently a freshman at La Salle. She enjoys singing, photography, playing volleyball, running and creating Youtube videos. She also lives off...

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4 Responses to “Humans of La Salle: How Student Athletes Manage Both Being a Student and an Athlete”

  1. Leo Domingo on March 7th, 2018 6:31 pm

    That’s my guy Perry! I feel his experience of being a student athlete.

  2. Michaela Carter on March 7th, 2018 8:51 pm

    I very much agree with Mary. You should really just communicate with your teachers and let them know what is going on. While balancing school work and sports is a really tough thing to do and you may feel overwhelmed some of the time communication can be a key to it all. If you do not think you can get an assignment done to the best of your ability on time, do not wait till the last minute to ask for an extension, but give them a reasonable time frame and I’m sure they will understand and have been through the same. As a senior that has really helped me lower my stress levels especially when doing extra curricular activities.

  3. DJ on March 7th, 2018 9:18 pm

    Great job Dakota.

  4. Anthony Nguyen on March 7th, 2018 9:50 pm

    Great article Dakota! It’s great hearing the different perspectives of how our student athletes manage their time.
    DJ, I love your advice and how you strive to become a model student.

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