It can be hard trying to be the best student, athlete and worker all at the same time. Many students are able to successfully balance out the 3, but if you’re finding that it is becoming harder to juggle your work, school and practice schedule, there are different ways that you can maintain your sanity while still doing the activities you love. Balancing more than one activity does not mean that you have to drop something that you are doing, but properly managing those activities will help make your life less stressful.
Planning Accordingly! There is nothing more frustrating than finding out that you are scheduled to work at the same time you have practice. Now you have to make the decision of skipping practice or missing work and the possibility of being fired. Avoiding this conflict can be very simple. Working with your boss, coach and student adviser to ensure that you are taking the necessary classes while still being able to work and play a sport will eliminate schedules overlapping or the possibility of one or more clashing.
Knowing Your Limits Taking 18 credit hours, trying to work full time while being in a sport may seem like a lot, and in some cases, it is. As a student athlete you are a student first and an athlete second. The top priority of your coaches are always your academic success. They will help you find a tutor or get the help you need to succeed in the classroom so you are able to play on the field. Having an on campus job will definitely help when it comes to working with your practice and class schedule. If your job is willing to work with you on hours that work with practice and class take full advantage of that. If the work load becomes too much and you are finding less time to study on your school work then cutting back on work hours may be something that you should consider. Your coaches are more than understanding when it comes to having a full work, school and practice schedule. They will work with you so that you are still eligible and enrolled in classes.
No matter what your circumstances are, there are always options as to what you can do to successfully manage your time at work and school. Working with your coaching staff and boss can be very beneficial to coming up with a plan that will offer you the most time at either. Knowing when you have bitten off more than you can chew may be a shocker but it can help you with knowing what works with your schedule.