The latest Health Plus/NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week is making sacrifices now to put himself in a position to be successful in the future. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
Parents are usually the ones to make tough decisions. But New Dorp High School's Paul Meyer, still only a teenager, knows all about making those choices. He gave up playing the sport he loves this year, lacrosse, in order to get a job and start saving money for college.
"Well you always have to prepare for the future, and I'm a person who thinks about the future way too much, and I just had to take it upon myself to prepare,"says Paul.
Though his teammates and coaches miss him, they say they understand Paul's decision.
"It's not an easy decision, certainly when you're part of a team, to leave the team, especially for a young man, it was a tough decision. But I think he made the right decision in the long run and hopefully in years to come he'll do really well in college," says lacrosse coach Brian Murphy.
Paul didn't give up all his extra-curricular activities though. He's stayed very involved with "SING", his schools performance competition that pits each grade against the other.
"You make a play and it involves dancing, music, band, acting, you make your own script and it's all student run, there's no outside influences or anything. You meet a lot of great people and it changes you a lot," says Paul.
Paul sports an "A" average and is a member of the National Honor Society. But his teachers point to his maturity and motivation as the attributes that make him stand out.
"You know the parents push you, but here's the thing a light tap and he runs on his own, he doesn't need that constant push. That drive is in him, and that's why he'll be successful, he knows what it takes to succeed," says history teacher Michael Hubbs.
Paul is planning on making all that hard work and saving for college pay off next fall. He's planning on studying engineering.
"I don't want to sit in an office my whole life, I want to be doing something, like make the technology of the future," says Paul.
So, for understanding the need to save for college even while making sacrifices in high school, Paul Meyer is the latest Health Plus/NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.