What I Took With Me From my Life as a College Athlete

What I Took With Me From my Life as a College Athlete
  • Opening Intro -

    College... the word itself seems to be intimately linked with nostalgia.

    Like some alternate dimension where the mundane rules of the real world are suspended for four glorious years.

-------------------------------------

Story of a college athlete friend of mine…

The Life Of A College Student

College… the word itself seems to be intimately linked with nostalgia. Like some alternate dimension where the mundane rules of the real world are suspended for four glorious years.

College… sun kissed courtyards, young lovers, and the unbridled potential of youth. Four years of ‘finding yourself,’ of switching majors by the minute, of discovering at leisure previously unknown interests and talents.

The idyllic days are marred somewhat only by the frantic, manic demands bestowed by the cruel gods of semester examinations and assignments. With the zenith of achievement being the acquisition of a College degree.

…And The Life Of A College Athlete

And then there’s the other kind of college life. The kind pursued by yours truly and scores of other ‘college athletes’.

Yes, these are the students who you might have seen rushing into class dressed in highly unfashionable track suits. The students who never really seemed to turn up for the parties and the ones who always seemed a little worse for wear.

Although it varies from sport to sport, the routine that we ‘sports students’ have to follow would be more at place in perhaps an army barrack. Weeks slip by as we struggle to successfully juggle classes, assignments and tests with practice, gym, and conditioning sessions.

On the weekends we travel across the state, looking to climb the points ladder.

The times spent traveling with my teammates to various matches mark my perfect college memories. The shuddering, complaining bus, the same old Subway sandwiches, the shared sense of victory, and of defeat as we head back to school – my personal nostalgia lane.

There’s something about playing for a team that builds a person. To live together and die together, to hurt together in those grueling hours at the gym- to grow together.

Lessons Learned

This is not to suggest that I was some wise sage who was absolutely fine with missing out on every ‘traditional’ college experience. I can proudly say that I have managed half a handstand on a barrel of beer, and that I know what coffee mixed with red bull mixed with melted chocolate tastes like.

But as I look back at my college experience what I remember most potently are the bus rides.

What helps me balance my work requirements today is the discipline instilled deep in my bones by the crazy schedule I followed for four long years.

What I cherish most are the friendships forged over devastating losses out on the court. I think of the wins we celebrated and an involuntary smile tugs at my lips.

The life of a college athlete is far from the life of the ordinary student. Tournaments, practices, injuries collides with the world of academia. But I am ever so grateful for those years I spent playing and studying. And striving every minute to be the best version of myself possible.

Image Credit: Pixabay

helpful? … then please share it

College Campus reference:

FREE: college moving forms
Amazon Bestsellers: College Sports Jacket

SaleBestseller No. 1
AITFINEISM Men's Lightweight Hooded Zip up Sports Jacket Windproof Windbreaker (Small, Orange)
21 Reviews
AITFINEISM Men's Lightweight Hooded Zip up Sports Jacket Windproof Windbreaker (Small, Orange)
  • 100% Polyester
  • Size Small if you size M buy L
  • Suitable for women/men wear.size somewhat small,Men recommend buying one size up.
Bestseller No. 2
Men's Varsity Jacket Genuine Leather Sleeve and Wool Blend Letterman Boys College Varsity Jackets (Blue/Black, Small)
11 Reviews
Men's Varsity Jacket Genuine Leather Sleeve and Wool Blend Letterman Boys College Varsity Jackets (Blue/Black, Small)
  • *Please select size according to the listing image*The Classic Varsity Jacket is Crafted in a Superior Quality Navy Blue Wool Body and Top Quality...
  • *Embroidery and Chenille price is based on single letter, please add the any customisation according to required letters, Discount can be offered on...
  • All Possible Colours available, For same jacket in Women's and Kids sizing please visit our store here on amazon
SaleBestseller No. 3
Awdis Mens College Jacket (S) (Oxford Navy)
11 Reviews
Awdis Mens College Jacket (S) (Oxford Navy)
  • Knitted collar, cuffs and waistband with stripe details.
  • Press-stud closure.
  • Welt pockets.
Bestseller No. 4
Mordenmiss Men's Basic Leather Letter Man Baseball Varsity Jacket Bomber Outwear White S
29 Reviews
Mordenmiss Men's Basic Leather Letter Man Baseball Varsity Jacket Bomber Outwear White S
  • Zipper closure leather baseball jacket, classic but stylish,color block design,which makes this jacket more unique.
  • Knitted collar, cuffs and waistband with stripe details,mid weighht,perfect for fall and winter seasons.
  • The excellent jacket with high quality has a great look and long durability, suitable for casual and sport wear
Bestseller No. 5
Equipment De Sport USA red Lifeguard Jacket Women Zip up Ladies Hoodie Windbreaker (Small)
63 Reviews
Equipment De Sport USA red Lifeguard Jacket Women Zip up Ladies Hoodie Windbreaker (Small)
  • 100% Polyester
  • Wind Resistant/Water Repellent
  • Full Zip, Two Front Pockets

Last update on 2019-08-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

end of post idea

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Helpful article? Leave us a quick comment below.
And please share this article within your social networks.

Categories: Collegiate Sports