Time Management

Isabella Astorino, Staff Writer

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Being a student and managing your time is a difficult task to do. Students who play sports, do extracurricular activities, or have jobs might have the challenge of managing their time efficiently. Some students can be better than others when it comes to this, but all in all it is a struggle. Warwick Valley High School students were asked what time they end up going to bed and the majority said they go to bed at a later time around 12 or 1am. This could be because they got home from a big game and then had to finish homework or they had the late night shift at work. Andre Ward, a junior and on the varsity football team said, “A majority of my teachers don’t assign homework every night, but when they do it is a lot of work at a time. It’s like they all work on the same homework schedule. I had so much homework after my Newburgh game that I didn’t end up going to bed until around 2am.” Another junior, Eric Swanson, works at McDonalds and he said, “I go to bed very late when I have work. All my classes are hard and I have lots of homework in each. I end up going to bed around 11:30-12.”
Going to bed late can negatively affect a teenager tremendously. The punishments may not be obvious at first, but once you get a good night’s sleep it will be clear that getting enough sleep impacts you in more ways than you may think.Many teenagers who are in extracurriculars or do sports and have jobs tend to end up being sleep deprived. The recommended number of hours of sleep for a teen is at least nine hours. Usually the students get about six hours of sleep at night. According to an article written by Kyla Wahlstrom, eenagers brains are in the growing process and during this time the secretion of sleep hormones, such as melatonin, begins at around 10:45pm and then continues to about 8 in the morning. Teens are usually unable to fall asleep until the secretion begins and won’t be able to wake up until it ends. When this sleep pattern is disturbed it affects other aspects of your behavior. When one is sleep deprived symptoms such as not being able to sit still or concentrate and focus tend to occur. Also when you don’t get enough sleep at night students tend to be more irritable and in a bad mood during the school day. All of these factors can affect grades, the way a student athlete may perform in a game, or just your overall mood. Lauren Desrats, a senior who works at Price Chopper and and is on the girls’ varsity soccer team said, “Sleep is really necessary to do well in school. By the time I get home from soccer practice I get ready for work. Then I get home from work at around 9 some days and have to shower and start all my homework. I don’t end up going to bed until 1:30 am or later sometimes. When I don’t get enough sleep I end up being cranky the next day.”
Although there are downsides to struggling with time management as a student, there are benefits as well. Students who manage to juggle work, extracurricular activities, sports, and school can see benefits as well.Other benefits are that students are developing skills that they can use for their whole life and it will help them in many different situations in the future.
Even though managing your time can be difficult, there are some tips to help make the process easier. Georgia Kraznowitz, a junior who plays multiple sports at the high school and works at Bellvale said, “Try to go to bed at a reasonable time because that is very important and also try to do homework before work or the day you get it so it doesn’t all pile up! Try to not work too much or over book your time during the year or school days because it can get to be too much.”
As a reader can see, many students at Warwick Valley High School struggle with these challenges. They have their own tips and tricks to overcome them and help them with managing their time. It can be difficult, but students time and time again show that it can be done efficiently and well by excelling in and out of school.

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