Balancing out extracurriculars with school work

By Ellie Reinhardt

Balance. An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. At the end of a long seven hour day of tests, quizzes, and stress, students deserve some time to do things that they are interested in doing after school. We all want this time to pursue our passions, but sometimes, it can seem nearly impossible to achieve

Due to hours of homework and studying it’s hard to balance out pressing school work that needs to get done with other interests. Almost all of the students at Byram have after-school extracurriculars that they perform daily. These clubs, sports, or other various activities allow the students to have a little time for themselves to pursue enjoyable pastimes. Freshman Jessica Tauber adds, “Extracurricular activities give everybody a chance to do something that they love, on a daily basis.”

According to http://www.census.gov, around 57% of children aging from 6 to 17 years old participate in at least one after-school activity. After school activities teach students several tools that will not only benefit their school life, but these activities will also help them become much more responsible by requiring full commitment. Since students are choosing to do these extracurriculars, it’s their job to manage their time well. They will learn the things that will work for them and what won’t in order to balance everything out. Not only does participation in activities outside of school enhance student working habits like time management, but these activities teach students what commitment is all about. Especially for sports, students know that they have to give their all into each practice and game. They know that they can’t just miss a practice because they have too much work or don’t feel up to it that day. Freshman Daryn Kaplan claims that “Being on a sports team is a big commitment. Although there is a practice or a game almost every day after school, I look forward to being there every day.” These obligations teach skills that students will take with them far off the field. Furthermore, by joining these clubs and sports teams you are bound to make a friend or two. It’s a great place to meet people from different grades who have the same interests as you do.

Although extracurriculars improve students’ time management, social skills, and commitment, it’s very easy to get caught up in multiple activities that can consume all of students’ time. There are endless possibilities to try new things especially at Byram, but picking just a few of your favorite things to do will be much more beneficial than picking everything that seems interesting to you. Many students are a part of more activities than they can handle and are not able to successfully balance out their school work with the extracurriculars. This results in bad grades, a worse mood, and unnecessary stress. By limiting your activities and devoting your time and energy to activities you are most passionate about, you can ensure your success inside and outside the classroom.

It can be tough to find the middle of the scale with school work and extracurriculars, but Byram students always seem to find a way to do it. Leaving some time to do what you want to do is crucial for any high school student. These activities allow us to explore different interests that you may never knew you had. From sports to clubs, there is something for everybody!