Hello. I’ve read many articles on here trying to find advice for my specific situation but I’ve yet to find a sufficient one. Right now, I am struggling with my AP Physics, AP English, and AP Calc classes. The workload is rough and I’m attempting to manage all my classes, extracurriculars, class president duties, a job, as well as volleyball and basketball. I understand that this is nothing special to any service academy candidate and that I most definitely should be able to “handle the load” and survive this high stress situation. However, I am failing miserably. I believe that in a service academy environment, I could succeed. My issue comes with the decision whether to continue playing basketball this year. Our program is a mess and it is not as fulfilling as it once was, but I feel like I owe it to my teammates and coaches to play. However, after this past volleyball season, the balance is not as easy as I have assumed. To attempt (and fail) to keep up my studies, I’ve cut my sleep and missed meals to try and finish everything, to no avail. It physically hurts to try to keep my head in the right state of mind while balancing all of this. This would be my 4th year lettering as a varsity player and I am team-captain. I’ve also entered it on all of my applications thus far, both congressional and for the service academies. I know that an athletic leadership position is definitely a great thing to have on the application, and it feels like this is the only reason why I’m playing. I feel inadequate because I am someone struggling to balance all of this, and I am ashamed to even consider quitting this year. I’m not sure I can handle it, but I’m wondering if I should continue playing and suck it up because I should be able to manage my time correctly, or if I should quit and focus on schoolwork, interviews, being healthy, and the CFA. Please help me with advice.