Hi, I'm quite new to this website, but I've been thinking about this one question this entire month, and I'm not sure where else I can ask for advice :) I'm also not quite sure about whether or not colleges come and watch our activity on the internet, so please bear with me as I describe my predicament in broader terms.
So basically, I've been in a varsity sport since last year just by default as there aren't enough players. I joined to get PE credit, and I didn't really mind it - I found it kind of relaxing, and it was fun being with my team mates (of course until games came along). I didn't like playing games, but I still stuck it out for the credit. This year, I have an extremely difficult course load (well, at least it is to me) with IB diploma, and I know that other kids can make it fit, but I'm just really bad at time management. I still have to study for the SAT and apply to colleges, and to me, doing well academically is the most important thing, and I'm just not feeling like I've been doing my best lately. I dislike my sport more than I did last year because of the school stress, but I feel that I could stick it out if that meant getting into my dream college.
I don't have a lot of EC's - I'm in a volunteer club (joined for two, now three years) that meets every two weeks, I did a summer volunteer opportunity at a zoo this year, and I tutor students every once a week during the school year starting last year. I used to be in band during my past years of high school, however, due to it not fitting into my class schedule, I was not able to join again this year. I think that the varsity sport is a stronger EC, and that's why I'm so nervous about quitting - I feel like I should give it my all to get into my dream college.
I've read if an important EC is dropped, others should be able to fill its place. However, I'm not sure what I would do with the extra time except for studying and possibly volunteering more, or maybe making a club of my own (if I had the courage to). But these wouldn't show as much time commitment that the sport would.
I want to get into a competitive public state university with about a 45% acceptance rate. And possibly into its engineering college which I've heard is much more competitive.
Should I stick it out and stay? Or would varsity sports not matter very much to colleges if I quit?
Can you lovely people lend me some advice?