By Anna Skinner
When most students start high school, they learn to manage their time and do the best they can with the academic transition. Cathedral High School sophomore and Westfield resident Richie Krolewski not only excels in the classroom but also on the lacrosse field. He was the only freshman to make the varsity team at Cathedral and maintains a 4.22 grade point average.
Current in Westfield caught up with Krolewski to learn his tips for other students on and off the field.
How does a high schooler manage to maintain success on and off the field?
“It really came down to time management in the classroom. School time became really valuable where I needed to lighten the load of homework so when I got home late from lacrosse practice, I didn’t have as much,” Krolewski said. “Utilizing free time in class, or sometimes it would be to where I skip lunch and get help or finish lunch in class. Also talking to my peers and some kids who have already achieved my same goals, that helped a lot because they could tell me the path to follow.”
Some of his accomplishments include:
Krolewski recently played on the Under Armor All-American team and was one of 15 to represent the Midwest in a national event. He enjoys science in school and hopes to be a physician. His goal schools are Harvard University, United States Naval Academy and Georgetown University. He has plans to play Division I lacrosse in college.
What is your best advice for other high school students that are involved in academics and athletics?
“Really, just utilize time in the classroom. That way you don’t have to stress yourself out with homework at night and cram, and you can maintain a pretty good social life that way, as well,” he said. “Set goals for yourself. That way you can track your progress throughout your career.”