Hello all! I hope your second Monday of classes is being kind to you. And for those of you NOT in school, keep up the good work out there in the real world!
A very good friend of mine is a college freshmen this year in Colorado and has been asking me a boatload of questions…a few of which I feel may be on the minds of other new students as well. So I am going to take time this week (and maybe the next couple weeks) to answer those questions to the best of my abilities. So here we go!
Is it really possible to play a varsity sport and have a full class schedule as a freshmen?
I am a bit biased with this, I’ll admit, but I say yes! The key is time management and communication. If you have classes that overlap with practices or games, talk to both your coaches and your teachers. Both parties should be able to come to a compromise, like maybe you miss a class for a game but then miss a practice to make-up for that class period. However, DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DAY OF TO DISCUSS IT WITH YOUR PROFESSORS. If you know there will be a scheduling conflict, address it ASAP. That will not only provide enough time for compromises to be reached but you may be able to take care of the academic commitments in advance. Communicate with all involved parties and then follow through with what you’ve agreed on.
Also, make sure you manage your time. You will have less free time than the students who aren’t doing a sport. Accept that fact and try not to be grumpy when your non-athlete friends have time to watch a movie but you just got back from practice and haven’t even started your homework. Do your work as soon as you can and go to professors with questions/concerns right away as to prevent last minute confusion. Stay on top of your work load and your athletic schedule shouldn’t interfere too much.
AND SLEEP. Sleep is a wonderful, beautiful thing that will keep you healthy and energized enough to take on your full work load. Do it often.
I am still having a hard time being away from home. Is there anything I can do to not be so home sick?
This is tricky. Being homesick is something that most students go through, even if their families live 30 minutes from campus. It can’t really be eliminated completely but you CAN alleviate it somewhat by calling home or video messaging your family. They miss you just as much as you miss them, but they don’t have the awesomely exciting new life to serve as a distraction. They can send care packages with little symbols of home, like pictures of your pets or a favorite snack. And, if you still find that you are struggling, talk to your friends about it. Upper-classmen go through it too; they can offer advice on how they manage it. I personally call home nearly every day, even if it is only for five minutes. Updating my family on my life here at OWU is the closest to sharing it with them as I can get with them being thousands of miles away.
Ok so that will be it for this week but I’ll have more Q and A’s next time, so look forward to that! Have a fantastic week and GO BISHOPS!
Karson A. Stevenson