Some students find it challenging to balance end-of-term pressures with athletic commitments and workout schedules

By: Kieran Reimer

Staying active during one of the busiest times of the semester can be a challenge for some college students.

“It’s stressful to get everything done right and in time”, said Morgan Currie, a Marine and Powersports Technician student at Red River College Polytechnic.

Currie, 18, plays junior hockey for the Landmark Jr. Blues, where he’s on the ice a minimum of three times a week.

“I have to have good time management”, Currie said. “It’s usually doable since most of my work is done in-class, but it’s a little stressful getting it all done so I have time before hockey.”

Matthew Trudel, a Business Administration student, works out during his break at RRC Polytech’s Exchange District Campus’s fitness centre on Tuesday, April 4, 2023. (Kieran Reimer).

Parker Gaudes, a Business Administration student, said he’s found it challenging to manage a balance between school and his gym life.

“It’s been difficult trying to combine the two schedules but once you are in the flow of it, it gets a bit easier.” Gaudes said.

Gaudes said he found it easy to get to the gym five times per week earlier in the term. But with exams and final assignments coming up, he said it’s become difficult to find the time.

“I’m kind of in uncharted territory with my schedule being filled up, so I’m trying to find ways to get to the gym whenever I can,” Gaudes said.

Gaudes said going to the gym helps him keep his stress levels down.

“No matter what, there is always going to be stress, you just need to figure out your way to deal with it. The gym is my way,” Gaudes said.

All RRC Polytech students who pay a wellness fee attached to their tuition can access the college’s fitness facilities at the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses no additional cost.