Sunday, May 24, 2020

What Does Free Time Mean to You?

By: Madison Swisher/Senior Writer

What do you think of when you hear the words “free time”? Personally, I wish I had some. My schedule, however, is so dominated by school, work, and extracurricular activities that I have little to none. Thinking of this topic gave me the idea that the words “free time” mean something completely different for everyone. So, I went room to room to find a member of each class, including a teacher, to ask them some questions.

The first person I interviewed was freshman Zachary Randall.

Raider Reader: What do you do in your free time? (If any at all)

Zachary Randall: “I play video games and go to practice for whatever sport I am playing that season.

RR: What do you value about your free time?

ZR: “I like not having to stress about anything and being able to relax.”

RR: Is balancing your schedule stressful to you?

ZR: “No, I’ve never had to worry about it.”

RR: How much free time do you have per week?

ZR: “I only practiced two days a week for about two hours a day, so I have a lot of free time, especially on the weekends.”

Sophomore Trista Stone

Raider Reader: What do you do in your free time? (If any at all)

Trista Stone: “I play softball and volleyball, and I get to hangout at home and try to relax.”

RR: What do you value about your free time?

TS: “I like the relaxation and not having to worry about anything.”

RR: Is balancing your schedule stressful to you?

TS: “Sometimes, I have to balance practice time and homework even though that doesn’t take very long.”

RR: How much free time do you have per week?

TS: “A couple hours during the week and more on the weekends.”

Junior Holly Geyer

Raider Reader: What do you do in your free time? (If any at all)

Holly Geyer: “When I’m not at school, I’m either running, doing homework, or working. Which leaves me with minimal time to relax.”

RR: What do you value most about your free time?

HG: “When I have free time, I value the free time.”

RR: Is balancing your schedule stressful to you?

HG: “Yes, because I take part in multiple extracurricular activities, have a part time job, and I am in various AP classes, which makes it difficult to balance my time, especially when other things pop up.” 

RR: How much free time do you have per week?

HG:  “It varies, but the most I have is Sunday, even though I participate in NYWE (Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble) for five hours, so even then its not a lot.

Senior Cameron Franks 

Raider Reader: What do you do in your free time? (if any at all)

Cameron Franks: “I usually go on my laptop to look at stocks or watch movies. I also work 3-4 times a week for a few hours, and I do volleyball year round.

RR: What do you value most about your free time?

CF: ” I like spending time with my family and friends.”

RR: Is balancing your schedule stressful to you?

CF:  “Yes, I feel like at my age, I’m, more obligated to have a job and take on more responsibilities, and I want to play sports so it can be overwhelming sometimes.

RR: How much free time do you have per week?

CF: “Around two and a half hours a day.”

Teacher Mrs. Vaccaro

Raider Reader: What do you do in your free time? (if any at all)

Mrs. Vaccaro: “I like to spend my time crocheting and relaxing”

RR: What do you value most about your free time?

Mrs. Vaccaro: “I love having time with my husband.”

RR: Is balancing your schedule stressful to you?

Mrs. Vaccaro: “YES, very, very stressful. I lost about 15 pounds from lack of sleep in the beginning of the school year.

RR: How much free time do you have per week?

Mrs. Vaccaro: “I leave the school around 7 everyday and then I have all of Saturday off and Sunday morning off. So not much free time during the week at all.”

Evidently, everyone spends their free time a little bit differently. This just shows how as we get older, many of us need to take on more responsibilities and tasks. Free time means something different for every person, and it all depends on how it is used. Take advantage of your free time while you still can, because you may miss it when it’s gone.

Madison Swisher
Madison Swisher is a senior and a first year member of journalism. She decided to take journalism her last year of high school because she wants to try something new and experience this to see if this is something she would like to continue in college. Madison’s career choices are involved around music, she is interested in pursuing a career in playing her trumpet for others and/or teaching other students with the same interests.

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