Most McNicholas students participate in something outside of school. This, like everything takes up precious time. Here is a look at a day in the life of three different types of students on Monday, Oct. 29.
An athlete: Junior Emmy Sarra plays varsity volleyball. After school, it took about 10 minutes to get home and then she immediately started her homework. She left for practice at 4:30 p.m. and then practiced until 7 p.m. She came home around 7:20 p.m. and ate dinner. Then she did homework until she went to bed, which was around midnight.
A theatre student: Sophomore Max Bartel is busy with theatre and liturgy choir. After school he had liturgy choir from 2:50-4:00 p.m. After liturgy choir, he had voice lessons from 4:15-4:45 p.m. He waited at school until 7 p.m., which is when rehearsal for Is He Dead? started. He got home from rehearsal at 11 p.m. and then stayed up late doing homework.
A student with an after school job: Junior Melissa Scheidler works at Kunkel pharmacy. Monday was a working day, so she left right after school, and by the time she got out of the parking lot and home, it took about 20 minutes. Then she grabbed a snack and got ready for work. She had to clock in at 3:25 p.m. She worked until 8 p.m., and then got home by 8:35. She is paid minimum wage and usually works about 2 or 3 times a week. After work, she showered and started her homework around 9 p.m. She said, “I try to get some sleep at 10 p.m. because answers after 10 won’t help my grade anymore than not doing homework at all.”
These busy schedules come as no surprise to students. Almost everyone keeps up with demanding schedules like these, and some struggle with fitting everything into their schedule. Some students do this by creating a tight schedule, others just cut out certain things such as sleep or sit down meals or even homework to do what needs to be done. For example, Scheidler says she usually does not eat dinner on the days she works, but just eats the food at work.
For students that can handle these schedules, there are some benefits. Scheidler says she has a pretty good job, and Sarra says that while volleyball practice does cut into her time, it also makes her more motivated. She says that it forces her to manage her time better. She does this by making a schedule of what to do before and after practice.
“I think it takes out time, but it gives me more motivation to get homework done,” Sarra said.
However, this does not come without sleep deprivation or missing out on other things. Scheidler said she can’t be seriously committed to other activities. Some students sacrifice their sleep and others sacrifice their grades. Perhaps those who have left high school long ago forgot what the hectic days were like. Mostly, it is just up to students to figure out how to make everything work.