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Students struggle, others succeed managing time

Photo by Cory Wyman ’16 – Successful time management is an elusive goal for many. Students can often be found studying in the halls before 8 a.m.
Photo by Cory Wyman ’16 – A student reads before school in Piper Hall. Students can often be found studying in the halls before 8 a.m.

By Matthew Zacher ‘18

Students juggle sports, clubs, long car rides and homework in order to succeed at Brophy, like many other schools.

Some students feel that they work more effectively under pressure from the clock, while others admit to doing better work at home, the more conventional way.

Walking down the hallways before classes, one can find more than a handful of students rushing to complete their homework assignments.

Sammy Vogel ’19 is a Boy Scout working to become an Eagle Scout.

When asked if he manages his time well Vogel chuckled saying, “No, that’s definitely not me.”

When it comes to being a Boy Scout, Vogel said he is dedicated, but he admitted that he is “not as dedicated” when it comes to his school work.

“If I forget to do a lot of homework, I do whatever homework I know is worth the most points. I always complete the bigger assignments, like essays, on time, but the smaller assignments are the ones I push off,” he said.

Enrique Ortega ’18 is a member of the Quidditch Team and a participant of Fall Loyola Project, and he admitted he is not always able to finish his homework.

“I came to school today with half of my homework done and I am going to finish the rest at lunch,” Ortega said.

“I do not think the quality of my work is affected because I feel like I do better work under the pressure of completing the assignment, and I usually do well,” Ortega said.

James Clelland ’17 spends about three hours after school playing golf and working out every night.

“When I work out I have more energy and it makes it easier for me to stay focused, and golf serves as a way to relax so that I have a break between school and doing my homework,” Clelland said.

He said that he believes he manages his time okay, but he said that Netflix is a distraction, as he admitted to having finished watching the entire television series “The League in one week.

Clelland has a flex period, or free period that students use to complete homework, and says that flex is a good opportunity to get ahead with his homework and to complete any homework he was unable to finish the night before.

Justin Pasionek ’18 participates in the speech and debate team and Student Council and goes to physical therapy twice a week. He said he does not believe that his extracurricular activities interfere with his studies.

“Yes, I manage my time well. I start my homework at 4 p.m. and do not stop until I finish,” he said. “I work better at home because it’s quieter and I am more focused.”

Christian Cardenas ’18, who plays lacrosse and lives in Gilbert, said he sometimes stays elsewhere because he does not have enough time to drive home.

“My family has an apartment across the street at the Landmark Apartments. I stay there sometimes when I have a lot to do and don’t have the time to drive all the way to home,”  Cardenas said.

“I get most of my homework done at home. I don’t manage my time perfectly, but I don’t do my work at school,” Cardenas said.

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