Michelle Nutescu’21: Finding Balance in a Busy Schedule

November 21, 2019

Nic Gao ’20

Taking three AP classes, being a member of two COEs, and fulfilling the duty of proctor, Michelle Nutescu’21 is probably one of the busiest students in the school. As a hockey player on the Girl’s Prep team and a member of the Bio-Science COE, she undertakes substantial pressure that is more than most of her peers have. Despite these mounting pressures, she still manages both her academic and athletic schedule very well and achieves success in both categories. Her experiences can truly teach others a lesson about how to manage time properly.

“I have to wake up at 5:30 AM and get on the ice by 6:15 AM. After the practice, I will have a whole day of classes including AP Spanish, AP Biology, AP Language and Composition, and Bioscience. There will not be sufficient time for me to complete the homework and necessary preparation during the school days,” she says, “So having study plans for nights and blended days is extremely necessary.”

She will never hesitate to meet with her teachers on blended days when she needs help. Thus, academic problems will be tackled immediately so that they will not be piled up to cause more problems. Also, a planning table for organizing homework and activities will also contribute a lot to efficient work management.

“For example, I will do my homework from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. During this time, I will put away my phone in order not to get distracted. I consider this as a priority because phones are time-consuming. You will not be able to get anything done if you watch Netflix while doing homework” she says.

According to her, the hardest part is not about setting up plans but following it. “The most important thing is to be self-disciplined. If you don’t do exactly what the plan tells you to do, nothing is not going to work”.