Balancing School/College and Horses?
Disclaimer* I know this is my 500th post about things like this. I've gone from trainer, to equestrian college, to farrier, and clearly I don't really know what to do with my life yet. Don't be mad at me, I'm 17 and I'm allowed to not know what to do...but my deadline is coming up awful quickly because admission deadlines are creeping up on me. Yes, the chronicle forums are where I constantly go with these questions because I don't have too many people to talk to about things like these. I'm sorry, but it helps me get some perspective.
So, my real question is...for all of you who have done it...how do you balance school and horses? I have been thinking along the lines of finding a job near college, or finding a college near a job, and keeping up with riding during college. How rigorous is my school work going to be, on average? I'm an honors student and I'm finding that this year the school work has been a little bit too much (too much demanded of me outside of school) and I'm falling a bit behind. But, my high school requires a 3.5 gpa or above for honors, and these classes are very extensive. Plus I have five honors classes I'm taking at once. Is college going to be worse, better, or about the same?
I'm thinking of taking a gap year between high school and college. No decisions are made and I'm still planning to apply to quite a few schools, but I'm hoping this year will help me decide on farrier school, a liberal arts college, an internship program, or really just what I want to do. I'm graduating high school this may and I'm hoping to do some internships and possibly go abroad.
How did you guys do with college? Have you found that horses have taken a back seat to the work, and you have found yourself working at something you don't love very much? That's my biggest fear, compromising on my future. How did you balance school and horses? Have you found a way to help them meet in the middle as a career?