Just Hanging Out
It’s hard work to try and balance school, sports and attempt to have a social life. To be a college athlete you have to love playing sports, and love your team. On my team there's over 70 guys who all want the same thing: To win it all. We work together both off and on the field; we run together, we sweat and push each other, we help each other through the highs and the lows, we complain about the cafeteria food, we go out to the bowling alley, parties, etc. together, we are all intertwined with all the social media and networking. Your teammates is all you'll have sometimes, or your best friends. Your roommates will most likely end up being your closest friends becuase you'll so much itme with them. Most people choose to be student-athletes, and probably won't regret it. It will put you on the path to being the best you can be – academically, athletically and personally. You have to strive to be the best in everything, because in team sports you have others counting on you. Your friends/teammates will become people you can trust to work hard, that have good time management skills and can be friendly but, also keep it real with you.
As a student athlete you have to make the most of your free time. Whether it's a day off or just a couple hours. This is the oppourtunity to just be a college student. Go to the pool, out to eat with friends, maybe even a couple parties. College is one the most exciting times of your life this is the time where you get to enjoy it. This is what a typical day in the life of college athlete looks like so ask yourself this: DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A COLLEGE ATHLETE??
I've gotten the chance to sit down with one of the current Quarterbacks for the Univeristy of Florida football team Jacoby Brissett to have a quick Q & A with him about his first year as a college athlete.
1. How hard was it to adjust from high school student-athlete to a college student-athlete?
Reply: "It was tough at first coming to college it just gives you another reality check that there's still more work to be done. When I was being recruited I felt like I was on top of the world and one of those elite athletes. But when I got to college everyone on the team was in the the same position as you coming out of high school. So you go from top dog to the little fish in the pond all over again. You have to earn your repsect all over again its just apart of the process.
2. What's the hardest thing about being a college athlete??
Reply: Being discipline and paying attention to the little things. Doing the things when now one watching you cause everyone has to do it when there's someone there. It's just going that extra mile and putting in that extra effort. Knowing right from wrong and what will effect you in the long run.