Kaitlyn Olivier balances a busy schedule


Kaitlyn Olivier

This is a sample of one junior Kaitlyn Olivier’s photos she takes for ‘Ranch Living’ Magazine, where she works. Olivier works hard to juggle a rigorous academic schedule as well as soccer and hip-hop dance.

Monique Dufault, A&E Editor

Junior year is infamous as the most challenging year of high school, but not many students have to juggle as much as junior Kaitlyn Olivier. She dedicates her high school life to school work while still managing to thrive in her multiple extracurricular activities.

A promising student with a grade point average of 4.2 her sophomore year, Olivier proves not only to challenge herself in the classroom but also achieve success.

“This year, I am taking all weighted classes,” Olivier said. “My schedule consists of AP psychology, AP English, AP U.S. History, as well as honors pre-calculus, honors chemistry and honors French. These classes come with a lot of homework, which ends up taking most of my time.”

When she is not completing an overwhelming amount of school assignments, Olivier is involved in the San Diego community in a way that is unique to most high school students.

“I work for ‘Ranch Living’ Magazine which is based in Rancho Santa Fe, where I photograph and write stories monthly,” Olivier said. “I also photograph for other magazines sporadically such as ‘Fine Magazine,’ ‘Carlsbad 92011’ and a few other neighborhood magazines.”

In addition to her hectic schedule, Olivier presents another activity to squeeze between her school and job: her passion on the soccer field.

“I have been playing soccer since I was five years old,” Olivier said. “I used to play for the Carlsbad Wave organization, but now, I play for the Carlsbad United U17 premier competitive team as a left forward. Practice for soccer takes up a lot of my time on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.”

To many, Kaitlyn seems to have already achieve enough, but Olivier is ready to tackle more than these three activities alone.

“I may start competing with my hip-hop dance crew again soon on top of all of my other commitments,” Olivier said. “Rehearsals would be once a week, probably on Thursday, for about three hours or more.”

If she adds dance to her list of extracurricular activities, Olivier has three less hours per week and no more free weekdays to keep up with schoolwork. With this in mind, Olivier still believes herself to be equipped for accomplishment.

“School, soccer, photography and dance make up pretty much my whole life,” Olivier said. “I don’t know what I would do without keeping so busy.”