While balancing multiple advanced courses including AP Biology, AP Literature and Composition, AP Calculus and AP Seminar, senior Khushboo Chougule still found time to participate in a school sport - tennis.
“I love that I can forget everything and just focus on the strategy of the game,” Chougule said. “Tennis is also such a strategic game that requires both athleticism and a brain. You could be really athletic, but you can easily be outsmarted by an opponent much more athletic than you.”
Chougule first started playing tournaments as a fifth grader after her friends encouraged her to join. She then went on to win multiple tournaments with her teammates, all the while balancing a 4.7 GPA and involving herself in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, from Student Council Vice President and National Honor Society to DECA and Principal’s Advisory Council.
“I think that inherently I do better at school during season than before or after because my mind realizes the need to manage time,” Chougule said. “I procrastinate less, and I don’t become distracted.”
But time management is not the only reason why Chougule chose to play all four years of high school. Her relationship with her team was the main reason she came back year after year.
“[I play tennis because of] the people and the bonding,” Chougule said. “Tennis season is honestly my favorite part of the year, mainly because I’m with all those people.”
The HSE Mascot Monthly Scholarship Athlete of the Month is sponsored by Chef Suzanne who will deliver a catered meal and plaque to the Chougule family during the month of February. Great work, Khushboo!