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The Reflection

The ups and downs student athletes face

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While it’s always a bummer to see all your friends having fun, being on a sports team comes with an extremely busy schedule because of practice, and being part of a team requires dedication. Games and your practice take up at least a few hours of your day; some people have to visit the trainer and others like to workout or lift before practice. Doing this is tough, especially when it takes away from your sleep, but a sport is not a joke. It’s kinda like having a unpaid job; it takes a lot of dedication.

Being A student athlete comes with its downsides, but has many perks. During the season it can be mentally and physically hard the first few months, but a lot of athletes wouldn’t trade that for the rush of the game.

One of the biggest cons, as many athletes would agree, is not being able to go out and do things as often as your friends who don’t participate in sports. Some athletes who participate in sports prefer not to go out as much, and don’t view this as a downside. Some teams have rules where players can not attend certain functions without consequence.

The bus rides going for competition is another con. They’re often long and boring and most people would say just nap on the bus, but if you never played a sport, you wouldn’t understand how hard it is to sleep on a moving bus. Some might say to do  homework on the bus, but try to focus on your homework and mentally try to prepare for your game when doing tomorrow’s lessons in a moving vehicle.

The pros of being a student athlete are with your free time you have friends you’ve made on the team.  There’s nothing like the night before a big game, planning fun team bonding activities, like team dinners or going over to one of the player’s homes and eating like a big family.

Although being busy can be stressful, it also forces you to be extremely efficient with your time. In the season, you can’t just push off your homework like you would off season. Being in a sport will give you an boast to do all your homework try your best on test (because you can’t fail and still play). Another perk when  traveling, you get so explore different parts of cities you’ve never seen.

Last but not least pro is you’re with a team. You get a whole new group of friends and an amazing support system who understands you a little differently than others. Being one unit you’re always on the same page.

You win together, you lose together, you celebrate, and you struggle all at the same time together. Being able to spend this time knowing they got your back is the best feeling.



ravelle johnson

My name is Ravelle Johnson, I went to Albion Public Schools until 7th grade.  After Albion Public Schools was shut down, I  transferred to Marshall Middle School. I spent my 7th and 8th years there. My mother found a new job in Battle Creek, and we looked around for new schools.  Gull Lake offered the best education system and freshman year, I attended Gull Lake High School.


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