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high school sports vs. my future - August 13th 2009, 04:09 AM

ok so i am 16, and now entering my junior year in high school. im the type of guy that has it all, good family, friends, amazing girlfriend, a good old truck, and a mind and body focused on success. i also am an athlete, i play varsity football and wrestling for my school. i love sports, however, they seem to be draging my grades down. my main goal is to go into the marines, along with that i would like to be accepted into a top military college like annapolis or westpoint. i guess my biggest problem is, i've gotten so involved and so attached to sports that it would be extremely hard to give it all up. i love having that feeling of a family, or a brotherhood along side of me. i feel like if i were to quit football, which has already started, and not wrestle, then i would loose all that and dissapear in the social eye of my school. i know all of it wont matter 2 years from now, but i feel that its those two years that will train me for what i will need to do when i enter the real world. its like a million things are running through my head and i dont know quite how to deal with everything all at once.
   
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Re: high school sports vs. my future - August 13th 2009, 03:09 PM

Hey man.
That sounds pretty confusing. If the grades is what will make you have to drop sports, and I'm sure that you've heard this before, just try your best. Work with your teachers and get help from freinds and family. As for the Marines, if you love the feeling of a brotherhood and family than thats the place for you. I'm going into my senior year over here in just six days, and hopefully if my medical checks to be ok than next June I head out for Marine Corps boot camp. Semper fi man, don't give up.


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Re: high school sports vs. my future - August 13th 2009, 03:44 PM

Hi,

That's a tough situation to be in. In the end, it is a matter of balance - you need to try your best to balance both academics and athletics. It will be hard at times, but it is definitely doable. You need to also seek out the support of family, friends, and teachers. If you begin to struggle in a certain class, speak to the teacher and get help immediately. Good luck with your future goal! West Point and the Naval Academy are amazing schools.


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Re: high school sports vs. my future - August 14th 2009, 04:22 AM

Hey Russ,

Welcome to TeenHelp.

Mai is right, balance is key. You do need to have your fun with things you love in life such as sports. It is doable. If your main priority is to get into a military school, if you need to stop with sports in order to make time for academics, then do so. If you do have the time for your academics right now, I think that you just need to try to use that time as efficiently as you can. Definitely ask a teacher for help if you need help. Problems are easier solved when you ask questions earlier rather than later. Seek the help from other students as well.

Remember your main goal, and do everything to achieve it. Good luck Russ
   
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Re: high school sports vs. my future - August 14th 2009, 05:02 AM

If you feel sports are what is really dragging down your grades, why not trying just doing one this year and see if it helps.
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