Life of a student athlete


Shannon Ging

Chris Stella, junior, is one of many students who balances school work with sports. He plays varsity hockey for a club team for Central.

When considering how busy students are with their studies, it’s sometimes a wonder how they also manage to balance school work with athletics. Many students take part in sports throughout the year, and some are even on a club sports that take place year round. In order to offer insight into how hectic it can become, Advocate writers followed varsity player, Chris Stella, junior, throughout his day.

7:00 a.m.: Chris Stella wakes up and gets ready to head to school.

8:00 a.m.: Stella starts his school day which includes a schedule of Pre-Engineering, AP U.S. History, Pre-calculus, P.E. (since hockey is a club sport he has to attend P.E. rather than having an athletic study hall), English 3, AP Physics 1, and Spanish 4.

3:00 p.m.: School ends and Stella goes home for a short period of time between school and hockey practice.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays Stella goes to hockey practice from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays he practices from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

After hockey, Stella has to finish his homework and get a good amount of sleep, and the latter is often sacrificed when he goes to sleep as late at 2:00 a.m.


Chris Stella working hard in a college level course
Emily Tomkinson
Chris Stella takes notes during his AP US History course. 

After a day at school following a rigorous schedule, Stella heads to hockey practice, which can end as late as 10:00 p.m. Once home, Stella has to finish homework, along with eating and sleeping. This is relatable to many students at Central, especially those involved in varsity athletics.

High school in general is notorious for the heavy workload and stress it creates for students, before adding sports or other activities. It is common to be involved in multiple college level courses, especially once a student is a junior or a senior, which is when many athletes find themselves with a varsity sport time commitment.

“If you want to succeed and get to the next level, you need to sleep at least eight hours every night to properly recover, which requires more of a time commitment,” said Emmett Grundberg, junior on varsity Cross Country and Track & Field.

Balancing school, sports, friends, family, and healthy habits is something that a majority of students struggle with. This brings up the question: is it worth it?

In order to finish his homework, Stella has to spend his time in lunch doing work.
Emily Tomkinson
In order to finish his homework, Stella has to spend his time in lunch doing work.

“It is completely worth it. I love playing hockey, and when you love doing something, you never want to be doing anything else,” Stella said.