As a division II basketball player at a top notch academic college, I have learned that success can only be achieved both in the classroom and on the court if I focus on the task at hand. In high school, my basketball team had a motto which has been extremely applicable in my life now; W.I.N. This acronym stands for What’s Important Now. This motto encouraged me and my teammates to focus on both school and basketball at the appropriate times. When I am in the classroom or working on homework, the most important thing at that moment is to do my best in school. When I am on the court in a game or at practice, the most important thing at that moment is to play as hard as I can. Blurring these two different priorities would only limit my ability to give full effort in each area.
My daily routine consists of lifting in the morning, showering and eating a breakfast bar, going to class, eating lunch, and doing some homework before afternoon practice. After practice, which can be anywhere from two to three hours, my teammates and I go to dinner at the cafeteria. After dinner, I have to focus again on the task at hand and finish my homework so that I let my body have an adequate amount of sleep to be able to perform at my best for practice the next day.
If I think about everything I have to do each week all at once, I can easily become too stressed out to accomplish anything and end up not being able to give anything its well needed attention. One of the strategies I use for managing my time is keeping a well-organized planner and setting aside enough time for doing the homework for each class. I try to stay true to this planner. Then, when it is time for practice, I have already planned out the rest of my day so that I have enough time to do homework. Sometimes I become so busy that I hardly do anything but practice and study. This can make life seem a little lonely sometimes. One of the ways I stay social through even my busiest times is eating meals with friends. I try to get a group together for lunch everyday, and I always eat dinner with my team. This helps me balance my friend groups as well.
Even through all the stress and hardship, playing a college sport is definitely worth it. I have created amazing friendships with some of the nicest, most selfless people I have ever met. I feel like I can be goofy around my teammates. Whenever I’m having a bad day, my team mates pick my spirits up and help mentor me to having a better attitude.