When Seasons Come to an End
How Do Athletes and Artists Manage Their Time In and Out of Season?
The beginning of November brings about the changing of sports seasons on the College of Saint Scholastica’s campus. Being a college student and involved in separate activities can be difficult. So how do student athletes and students involved in other time consuming activities manage their time?
Maggie Grob, a junior cross country runner for CSS, gave insight into how a student athlete keeps track of their time. The cross country season runs from the last week of August until the last weekend in October. Grob said that having the season start two weeks before the beginning of school gives her a chance to adjust to being on a regular schedule again. Because being involved in a sport limits the time Grob has each day, she feels that she prioritizes and better manages her time in order to get everything done.
Of course, the beginning of the season does not always run the same as the middle of the season.
“My time management in the middle of the season is different than in the beginning primarily because there are other activities that I am drawn towards,” said Grob.
Like many other students, Grob also wanted to participate in non-athletic activities. To save more time, Grob tries to double up on the activities that she wants to do, like studying while hanging out with her friends.
Now that the cross country season has come to end, many fall athletes will find themselves with much more time on their hands. Grob admits that though the postseason is a more relaxed time, she still tries to maintain her productivity. She stills goes for runs regularly, but now she can run during times that work better for her schedule.
Shayna Schafter, a senior and avid actress, spends her time acting in plays instead of playing sports. Schafter just recently finished acting in the CSS’s fall production of “Sense and Sensibility.” Though the two are very different, they both take up a significant amount of time in a student’s life.
“When involved with a play I feel as though I am more productive with my time,” said Schafter. “I manage my time more efficiently as a result of time constraints with afternoon/late-night rehearsals.”
Sometimes rehearsals can last for many hours and it is crucial to still make time for school work and other activities.
When she is not involved with a play, Schafter likes to catch up on sleep, read for leisure, occasionally knit, and catch up on “Game of Thrones.” Schafter said that her off season gives her time to relax and recharge to be ready for classes and homework each day.
The life of a student is busy in any scenario: there are classes to attend, homework to do, activities to participate in, and friends to keep up with. For some CSS students, daily practice or rehearsal will be added to their to-do lists. These students have figured out how to manage their time, during the season and out of the season, in a way that many of us should aspire to.