Time management – something that most college students don’t have but many have to learn. Now, normally I’m pretty good with time management, but this semester has brought me new challenges.

If you don’t already know, I commute from Wichita to Hutchinson Community College, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That is a 45-minute drive to Hutch and a 45-minute drive back to Wichita, three days a week. However, that’s not it. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I have classes from 9:10 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. I am also an athletic trainer for the college those days. I am typically in the training room, helping athletes before and after practices. I get to leave after all the practices are done for the day, which can be anywhere from 4:30 to 6:30. Putting me home between 5:15 (if I’m lucky) to 7:30.

Athletic training has brought its own challenges, and I’m sure it will keep bringing them. It has also blessed me with numerous new friends. Not only have a meet a lot more people, I have learned a lot and will keep learning.

This week, I get to go on another new adventure – spring football. Once I get out from classes I will head straight over to Gowans Stadium to help with athletes before practice, then go watch practice and head back to help athletes after practice.

Although I do get Tuesdays and Thursdays off from school, they are not a day off for me. My time is usually spent catching up on the endless amount of homework, and studying from the full school load I have. Not only do I catch up on homework, but I often work on these days too. I can work any were from 10 hours to 20-plus hours a week. Besides work, and homework I barely have time to stay up on laundry and working out.

Between the commute, school, athletic training, work, working out and other obligations I have, I to say I have stepped up my time management game.

Amanda Carney

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