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Column: Lovely Lola

Students strive to take the path more taxing
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If you were asked the question, “Would you rather have nothing to do or be busy all day?”, what would you choose?
I have always been a busy person. I fill my life with different sports and activities to keep me that way. I have been playing ice hockey for 14 years and counting, and it has always been able to keep me moving and doing something.
When I was younger, I played lacrosse and softball, and in high school, I did bowling for a year and played golf for all four years. I fill my life with these sports because I cannot be bored. Oftentimes, I get asked how I can juggle all the things I do, but it’s just a part of my life. I have lived this way, juggling hockey and school, my whole life.
Many people see this as a burden on me, and sometimes it is, but it has also taught me several things that I can carry on to my future.
Hockey has taught me that I need to work hard for what I want, have self-discipline, and have patience. I was able to use these skills to improve my golf game. Golf requires a lot of patience: patience with the improvement of your skills, patience with the other golfers, patience with yourself, and maintaining a positive attitude.
I am involved in nine clubs at North, holding a leadership role in one, and the others I attend and share my input when necessary. I can manage my time with these clubs because they normally are at different times. I can go to Student Council on Tuesdays and still make the NHS meeting on Friday. One of the ways that I can manage my time is by doing my schoolwork at school, or when it is assigned in class. I normally spend my Knights Block/tutoring time catching up on work and trying to get ahead before a busy weekend. The block schedule has been beneficial for me since the class periods are longer and there is more time for homework.
I take all of these clubs, harder classes, and sports to benefit me in the future. When I am in college, I will be learning a new balance between my schoolwork and possibly hockey.
I’ve learned to juggle these so that when I am on my own, it won’t be as difficult, and life will hopefully be easier as new challenges are introduced.
Even though it would be nice to do nothing all the time, we wouldn’t be the interesting and complex people that our experiences have made us. So, I would choose to be overwhelmingly busy all the time, rather than doing nothing and gaining no experience.
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My name is Lola Brama. I am a senior at Grayslake North High School. At school, I am the vice president of the Student Council, a captain for girls golf, and I participate in NHS, Link Crew, Knights United, French Club, Tutoring, Environmental Club, and the Newspaper. Outside of school, I play travel girls hockey for the Glenview Stars u19 team. I am looking forward to learning more about becoming an editor and being able to write the newspaper for the first time.

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