A voice for students at Brownell Talbot School


A voice for students at Brownell Talbot School



Senior Wisdom

What are the best ways to balance extracurriculars and school work?


Planners have been a game-changer for me. Being able to physically have the week ahead laid out in front of me helps me organize my thoughts and extracurriculars efficiently. Especially when it comes to staying late at school for volleyball games 2 nights a week, being able to see the week ahead helps me plan out when to do what assignment. And while it may sound very obvious, using study halls makes all the difference in preventing late-night and early-morning homework sprints!


Using my time well has been what’s helped me. I like to use my study halls and free time during the week to get as much work done as I can, that way I can work or hang out with my friends on the weekend stress-free. Another thing is that every day I create a schedule in my notes app with how I’m going to use my study halls and evenings to complete schoolwork. That way, I know what I’m getting done and it helps me have free time on the weekends.


Honestly, I have only had moderate success in using planners, or scheduling my time between extracurriculars and schoolwork. It’s a balancing act in with no clear-cut solutions. The only thing that has worked for me was a Google Doc with all my homework and/or obligations written on it. That doc and itemized lists of homework work well for me.





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Clare Schinzel
Clare Schinzel, Staff Writer
Clare is a senior and it is her second year being a part of the Verbatim staff. She participates in volleyball, piano competitions, and is a writer for the JuSTEMagine Newsletter, Imagining. Clare has always loved reading, so she joined Verbatim to have an authentic writer's experience and a look at the behind-the-scenes process of publishing.
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Calvin Snyder
Calvin Snyder, Staff Writer
Calvin was a senior at Brownell Talbot during the 2023-2024 school year, his only year with Verbatim. During his time at BT, he was the student leader for the Brownell Talbot pep band, editor-in-chief of The Ivy and the Ashlar: BT's annual art and writing publication, founded the Omaha chapter of the Owl Exploration Society, and won a Scholastic Art and Writing award for Critical Essay. Having spent three years outside of Verbatim, Calvin tried to make up for lost time. This manifested in a series of essays he affectionately calls "The Hubris Collection." He particularly likes "Fixing all my Problems with Crystal Magic," "Reconnecting with my Fictional (and Dead) Uncle," "Speedrunning Mandarin Chinese," and "Recreating the Old Testament in the Sims 4." He was honored to contribute his time to Verbatim.

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