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Being a Student-Athlete

Hello Everyone!

It certainly seems like it has been forever since my last post–it’s time to get back into the swing of things 🙂 This semester is going to be extremely busy for me because softball season is on the rise! We started practice yesterday, and we will continue to have six practices a week until Spring break which is when we drive down to Florida to begin our official season. From there, practices continue between game days in a similar manner until our season finally comes to an end.

With a schedule like that (as with many other student-athletes here at Muskingum), it may seem impossible at times to get everything done in a day that needs to be accomplished. However, there are many tricks to keeping the academic, athletic and social life balanced so the semester becomes a successful one.

When it comes time to register for classes the semester before your actual sport season, think ahead! Plan out when your typical practices are going to be and think of when your typical game times are. Softball games are usually at 3 p.m., so I know this may mean getting out of classes earlier to make it to another school on time. In addition, when it comes time to schedule classes, I try to schedule all my classes in the morning so I have the least chance possible of having to miss one or two for a sporting event.

This may also come in handy when it comes to getting homework done as well. Using your time wisely when you are a student-athlete becomes very beneficial in the long run. During the day when you do not have class, try and work on some of your work before practices or games–I know way too many student-athletes who sit and do no work all day but then are seen up late at night doing assignments/papers. As an athlete it is important that we get our sleep so we can perform at a high level everyday; staying up late is not the answer for success! Working on homework a little before practice, hopefully will leave only a small amount left for after practice (as long as each day is being managed properly). Any other free time outside of this can be used for your social activities. As a student-athlete you always have one day off a week, and you will create good friendships with your teammates so practice will become fun and enjoyable.

The most important thing is to become organized. This comes with practice, friendly advice from upperclassman friends and experience. My freshman year I struggled to balance my time properly with softball and school work, but now I make the Dean’s List and know how to excel both on and off the field.

Don’t let it intimidate you–just go after it!
Have a good week!

Ashley 🙂



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