Spotlight: Emy Reyes balances school and sports

Emy Reyes with the rest of the JV soccer team during her freshman year of high school.

By Crystal Barrera  ’20

Balancing school and sports may be difficult for many students. Here is how sophomore Emy Reyes manages school and sports!

Reyes is currently in the wrestling team, though she has also played soccer during her time at Pritzker. Reyes’ wrestling practices are mornings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. and the afternoon from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reyes spends an average of six hours every week for wrestling, about an hour and a half to two hours every time she has practice.

During her soccer season, practice was also in the mornings at 6:30.  Her morning routine consists of waking up, sometimes dropping her brother off at school, walking herself to school since it is close to her house, heading to practice, then going to her classes right afterwards.

“I go to sleep early, I try to finish my homework early, and I always take a shower in the night and in the morning because it will wake you up. Then, I eat, drink a lot of water, and really get organized with things I do.” These are some ways in which Reyes tries to get her life together during her sports seasons.

“At first it was [stressful] because I thought I wouldn’t really finish homework or something like that. When you actually get organized and think about the things you are gonna do first, you actually get time to do all of the things you want to do. You make it easier for yourself.” 

Reyes believes that to be successful in time management you have to be organized and know what your daily tasks are by planning ahead of time. She believes that having your day and schedule planned will help because you can easily check off what you want to do and get it out of the way.. Reyes considers herself to have good grades, which is something many athletes struggle with when trying to balance school and sports.

In what ways will Reyes ensure that she will continue to stay consistent with her academics and her sports? She did mention that she is planning to try to be even more consistent; planning beyond what she normally plans now. Overall, Reyes is on top of her work. She makes sure to create a balance to not be overwhelmed and do exactly what she needs to do.