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From the May 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Park City, Utah, is well known as a ski town, but you're more likely to encounter high school on an indoor soccer field than on a snowy mountain face. Ryan, who has three downhill skiing resorts practically in his backyard, loves to hit the slopes — when time permits. But he usually stays busy enough playing varsity soccer, tutoring students in math, and working on community service projects. Ryan took a break recently to talk with the Journal's .

When I think high school, I think one buzzword: stress. There's so much juggling—academics, sports, social activities, you name, it. Throw college decisions into the mix, and you've really got a lot on your plate. How do you deal with the demands?

It's not always easy. Not long ago, I was really struggling to find a sense of balance. I'm taking a lot of hard classes, and I've been bogged down by a ton of work on top of everything else I'm involved in. Plus, I kept feeling like I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was like I was trapped in this vicious cycle: if I slept, I couldn't get my work done, but if I didn't sleep, I couldn't get my work done either, because then I'd be too tired to concentrate.

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