The Difficulties of Managing a Busy Student Schedule

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Courtney Lynch, Writer

Your teachers expect school to be your biggest priority, your coach expects you to always be on your a-game, and your boss expects you to be a perfect employee.  When does it all become too much? 

When it comes to 30 hours of school a week plus homework, 18 hours of practice, and trying to find time to make your own money, eating and sleeping kind of seem like the least of your worries.  With these crammed schedules, it can be hard for students to balance things and decide what comes first. 

“Things start to pile up and nothing slows down.” Riley Bucco, a junior at Pentucket, said after being asked what it is like having a non-stop schedule.

“What some teachers might forget about is simply that every student that sits in their classroom has a completely different life outside of the building,” said Kiki Sylvanowicz, a Pentucket junior.

  While some students go to practice, some go to work, and some just go home.  Certain students may even be dealing with very serious things outside of school.  But no matter what, your teacher assigns the same homework to every student.  While you can not expect them to know everything a kid has going on, it would not be crazy to give a lighter workload homework-wise.

Many students only want to make their parents, coaches, teachers, and bosses proud. However, it is not always possible to be everywhere at once and make everyone happy.  While it is definitely important to learn time management at the high school age, it gets to a point where it can be forgotten that these people are still just kids. 

Many people may argue that it is a student’s own decision to participate in extracurricular activities.  Technically this is the truth, but what about college applications? It is common knowledge that extracurriculars and having a well-rounded application are very important parts of getting into good schools. 

Altogether, some students are under a lot more stress than they receive credit for and it is time to acknowledge that.