Many students find it difficult to get their work done while balancing a sport. But having to balance playing sports, driving an hour home, and doing homework for AP courses every night would be impossible for most students.
But not for Patrick McDermott.
McDermott finds a way to complete all of his academics on time despite getting home at 8:00 p.m. most nights. However, his determination to get work done does not come without a cost, as McDermott said he usually stays up till 12:30 a.m. doing homework.
Even with all these time consumers, McDermott is still able to stay in good academic standing with his difficult classes.
“I haven’t missed homework since freshman year,” McDermott said, “and I get good grades.”
Most of his homework this year can be attributed to AP Calc AB, which is taught by Mr. Bailey.
“We have had a test or quiz every week so there is a lot of studying that I have to do,” McDermott added.
An attempt was made to reach out to Mr. Bailey, but he was not interviewed in time to include in the article before it was published.
Along with a ton of homework, McDermott has a packed day.
In the fall, McDermott said his normal day consists of getting up at around 5:30 a.m. to drive to school early to finish his homework, then he goes through his school day for the next seven hours, has football practice until 6:00 p.m., drives an hour to get back home, eats dinner, and then begins to get cracking on his homework. He then finishes as much of his homework as he can and usually has to go to bed around 12:30 a.m. to ensure he at least gets some rest.
“Yeah, it definitely makes getting work done difficult because I don’t have as much time to myself.” McDermott added, “I just gotta grind out homework.”
JP Barbeau, who lived with McDermott all of last year, said that McDermott was a scholar and that he would go home and crank out hours of homework right after his dinner every night. However, Barbeau also attested to how McDermott suffered from a lack of sleep and said he usually goes to bed late at night and has to wake up extremely early.
In school, McDermott believes himself to be very energetic, however, he also believes his lack of sleep is causing him to lose some of that energy that many students at BL love.
“I definitely feel it getting tougher and tougher to wake up and get going in the mornings,” said McDermott.
He also mentioned how some of his lack of sleep is leading to a lack of focus in school and on the field. He said that he finds himself struggling to get through some long blocks and loses focus along with occasionally being tired at football practice.
Even with a fantastic work ethic and determination, one could wonder if the lack of sleep will continue to wear McDermott out over the course of a nine-month school year.
Yet, McDermott also stated that he makes sure to use his weekends wisely to catch up on some sleep just so he doesn’t become too run down over the course of a long week.
Over the course of these three years, McDermott has become somewhat of a modern-day Renaissance man. Along with being an excellent student and a three-sport varsity athlete, he loves to hang out with his friends and go to Ravens games.
“It’s tough; sometimes I have to skip the Ravens games because of lack of time to do work,” McDermott explained.
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