Volleyball is my absolute favorite sport. I played all throughout middle school and high school, and I wanted to continue my passion into college as well. But there was something holding me back. I was nervous about juggling both athletics and academics. I had always heard there was so much more homework involved with college, and I didn’t know whether I could keep up.
The whole point of college is to do well in your classes and eventually get a degree. But what if playing what I love prevented me from doing well in school? Was it really worth the risk?
I was relieved to discover a few weeks into the school year that it really is possible to learn to juggle school and sports. Once classes had kicked off and projects started piling up, I realized that you can get an awful lot done in a day if you learn to manage time well. The old saying is true – “if you want something done, just ask a busy person.”
I had always been told that athletes were among the best at time management, because they have less free time to than most people. With most of our afternoon already committed to a sport, we have to set aside specific time to work on our homework, even if that means spending late nights in the library.
Personally, though, I enjoy staying busy, and I found myself falling into a routine quickly and easily. Even with my day hours committed to classes and my afternoon hours dedicated to the sport I love, I could still find time enough nights of the week to spend time with my friends or binge Netflix to my heart’s desire. Not every night, but enough nights to enjoy college life.
Now that the JV volleyball season is over, I’m finding myself with more free time than I ever could have expected. Sometimes I don’t even know what to do with myself! I enjoy the time off, though, and it makes me anticipate next semester’s new commitments for the volleyball season.
Juggling college life can seem nerve-racking at first, but don’t be afraid to continue the activities you love when you get to college, or even venture out and try something new. There’s something right for everyone here on campus, and you can build a life you really enjoy here.