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Sports vs. Social Life: Can’t they be friends?

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Kennedy Wrestling team after their match against Poolesville.  Seven guys were hurt but they were there to help and support the team.

Kennedy Wrestling team after their match against Poolesville. Seven guys were hurt but they were there to help and support the team. "As a freshman, I think sports aren't easy but we all work toward being the best we can be and we do it as friends," said Carlos Bautista, light heavy weight.

Kennedy Wrestling team after their match against Poolesville. Seven guys were hurt but they were there to help and support the team. "As a freshman, I think sports aren't easy but we all work toward being the best we can be and we do it as friends," said Carlos Bautista, light heavy weight.

Andrea Deyto, Reporter

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Sports, sports, sports. Schools have a great variety of sports from Autumn to Spring. But those who join sports don’t only need to play well, they need to keep their grades up and do well in class. But other than school, do sports really affect student’s lives?

From conditioning to practice to playing in the games, sports take up a great amount of time. Honestly, balancing between personal/social life and sports with school seems hard by just thinking about it. Is it really that hard though?

“If I have a lot of homework and there’s practice, then I have to use my time wisely, said Xuan Nguyen.  She is a member of the Kennedy girls lacrosse team.  “I spend most of my Saturday and Sunday mornings at church, so I only have the afternoon of Sundays to do my work,” she said.

Koko Fanwar plays field hockey, lacrosse and swims for Kennedy.  “It’s pretty hard to manage between sports and my personal life because I go to practice and practice ends late so I barely have time for homework, let alone checking any social media accounts or even to go out,”  she said. 

Sure, sports take up a lot of time, but would the students who play them actually quit just because of time management? The results are mixed. 

“I mean if there’s no other choice, then yes,” Xuan replied when asked if she would quit.

“A lot of my friends are in the sports that I do so I got to spend more time with them,” said Fanwar.  “Sports are really fun plus it looks great on applications.”  She stayed positive about sports even stating that she “totally recommends it.”

However, some students thought differently. They came to realize that sports were a major distraction in their life and they were left with no time for other activities and duties.

“I stopped because I felt like I was putting more effort toward volleyball than my studies,” said sophomore Viviana Vacaflor.  She felt like she didn’t have enough time in the day to do both and keep up.  “I started sleeping late and my parents couldn’t keep up with my practices and always pick me up after my games,” she said.

 At the end of the day, outside factors, not only school work, affect whether or not students can truly manage sports and their social lives. One should try sports if one enjoys them, but know it will be challenging with time management.  Many think that it is worth it.

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