It is a task which Duncan Watmore would seem to have the appetite for following his loan move to Hibernian. The Sunderland winger was one of three players to arrive on loan from England; Danny Haynes and Daniel Boateng agreeing similar moves from Notts County and Arsenal respectively.
All three will hope to use their time at Easter Road to hone their careers but Watmore is already part of the way through shaping his future - the teenager studying economics and business management at Newcastle University. His loan at Hibs will end just in time for him to return south and sit his exams.
The idea of a footballer turning up to training with books to read and an essay due will seem a cause for titillation. That is of little concern to Watmore, though.
"It's been a hectic month because I made my first-team debut for Sunderland in the FA Cup and then I trained with the first team for a couple of weeks," said the winger. "Then I had four economics exams in the space of five days. I actually think they went quite well.
"I didn't know about this move before my exams. The best way was to get that all sorted and then talk about what the best next stage of my development would be. Then I heard about this move and I wasn't going to turn it down. It is an awesome opportunity."
Boateng will join him in Leith on Monday, while Haynes had journeyed up to Edinburgh earlier this week. The striker is obliged to get an early start since his career has started to wain of late, with the Englishman having been transfer listed by his parent club. "I'm here, to prove a point to myself and prove other people wrong," said Haynes.