Column: Balancing sports and academics

Tips on how to be successful chasing multiple activities

Balancing academic and athletic responsibilities is always tough, but it can be done. 

Regardless of what you are studying or what sport you are playing, there are going to be difficulties in everything you do. 

The lesson I had to learn was managing my time the best I possibly could between playing as an offensive lineman on the football team and classwork. I tried my hardest because academics are important to me. 

Adding any other extracurricular activities can make the juggling act even more difficult. 

This year I joined The Franklin, and I really enjoy it. But on top of my other responsibilities, I had to complete interviews, write stories and reach deadlines every issue, leaving me with very little free time. 

To make my life a little easier, I made a conscious effort to make a schedule of everything I needed to do and when they were due. It seems like an easy task, but it can be really challenging. 

When someone becomes a student-athlete, they have to dedicate a lot of effort to their schoolwork because it will impact athletic eligibility. If a student doesn’t maintain the grade point average of 1.0, they can be suspended from the team. 

My advice to student-athletes may sound simple, but it can be tough. Keep a clear mind of everything, and don’t spend every day worrying about homework and sports. 

Remember to never give up if you get down. 

Being a student-athlete can give you some of the best times of your life. You just have to do it right.

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About Justin Pennington 4 Articles
Justin Pennington is Majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Journalism. He will be a writer for The Franklin, particularly with sports with hopes of gaining knowledge in sports photography as well! He loves anything football, and likes to enjoy time chilling and hanging with friends. Justin's dream job is to one day become a Sports Information Director and is doing anything and everything to get experience. This is Justin's first year on The Franklin staff.

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