Students struggle to balance school, life

High school students’ lives can be congested with extra-curricular activities, jobs, and school. Often students just don’t have enough time to do all the homework and get the recommended 8 hours of sleep.

According to The Milestone’s Balancing School and Life Survey from Dec. 5, students responded that clubs and sports take an average of 5 hours a week. Often students sign up for too many clubs or sports and they don’t realize how much of a commitment it is. Choosing the clubs, you care about and getting rid of the clubs that are less meaningful to you, is a great way to save time.

Students have jobs so they can earn a little extra cash, work can take up much of your time during the week or during the weekend. According to Oct. 30 Student Jobs Survey, also sent by The Milestone, the average student at McNicholas spends about 17 hours a week at work in addition to the 5 hours a week with clubs and sports. And this is all before homework is added and the added 7 hours a day in classes. Junior Ella Barnhill, who works at Moe’s Southwest Grill, said, “Work takes up most of the week in my case.”

Some students responded that they participate in a sport each season as well as other extracurriculars which causes them to struggle finding enough time to complete everything. Senior Drew Tekulve said, “I will stay up until one in the morning to complete my homework. It is not a healthy habit but it is what it is.” Maintaining a schedule like this can be an unhealthy and harmful habit. Some students, though, enjoy being busy all the time. Sophomore Olivia Rohling said, “I still want to do other things so I can keep myself well rounded.”

Balancing school and life
Brady O’Brien, Class of 2022, completes his homework at lunch.


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