Uplifting the Voices of Princeton Day School

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Uplifting the Voices of Princeton Day School

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Uplifting the Voices of Princeton Day School

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Independent Study: Not for The Faint of Heart

PDS offers independent study athletic credits to students who are engaged in sports not offered at the school. Athletes are required to meet a minimum of 10 hours a week to qualify. Student’s progress must be documented and submitted to the Director of Athletics each trimester. Below is an interview with sophomore Adeola Egbeleye, who dances pre-professionally outside of school every day for more than 15 hours per week.  

 

Q: What sport do you pursue outside of school and how many hours do you dedicate to it?

 

A: I’ve been doing ballet since I was about nine years old, and I’ve been training pre-professionally since I was about 13. In a lax month, I spend around 16 hours a week on ballet, but during show and rehearsal seasons, it can be up to 24 hours a week. 

 

Q: And what made you choose ballet as your activity when you were younger?

 

A: I tried team sports and three other styles of dance, but ballet just stuck. I thought it was beautiful and I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. 

 

Q: Do you think that the amount of credit you receive for your commitment is fair?

 

A: I would say so. I think right now as a sophomore in the spring season, I am about done with my sports credits. I might have to do strength training in the fall, but that’s about it. 

 

Q: Would you do ballet at school if it was offered at the same level?

 

A: I think it would be more convenient, but I like training outside of school because I enjoy connecting with other girls from other schools, too. Instead, I participate in an orchestra at school. 

 

Independent Study is a helpful schedule management tool for anyone like Addy who is dedicating a significant amount of time outside of school to a sport. PDS supports all student athletes whether they participate on a home team or not. This incredible opportunity offers many students the resources to pursue their passions and dreams in a sport of their choice.

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