Sports and academics: It’s a balancing act

Commentary by Christian Hornaday
Times-News correspondent
teens20s@thetimesnews.com

During high school, many teens spend the majority of their time anywhere but home. This is usually found in the form of participating in sports. The problem that is fairly common, however, is the fact that there is never enough time for both academic success and athletic success.

Students obviously should use this time in school to learn time management as well as the anti-procrastination method. It is said to take only 10 days to break a bad habit, so take the anti-procrastination challenge and break it.

Parents are going to play a key role in teaching their children to balance extracurricular activities and sports. That being said, parents need to start early on, teaching their kids to stay on top of any project or task while being a member of a sport team or club. If a parent can balance things well, chances are more likely that their kids will follow in their footsteps.

At the point of young adulthood, teenagers also need to learn how to prioritize. Unless an athlete is obviously the next Olympic gold medalist, then school is going to be the most important factor in college. If a sport is doing nothing but causing a class failure, then obviously participating in this sport needs to be reevaluated.

Christian Hornaday is a senior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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