The trials and tribulations of being a student-athlete at EU

Category:  Opinions
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 6:42 AM
The trials and tribulations of being a student-athlete at EU  by Becca Martin
Martin, second to the left, with teammates from the women’s lacrosse team.

Being a student-athlete isn’t always easy and it isn’t always fun. There are days where the last thing I want to do is wake up and go to practice. I’m not impatiently waiting to go to conditioning and lifting in the afternoon after I just had a long day at work or spent all day cleaning kennels and dealing with people surrendering their pets at my internship. I don’t get excited setting my alarm for 5 a.m. lacrosse practice every morning during fall ball, right when I just got finished doing all of my homework at 11:30 p.m.

Being a student-athlete is hard work. This fall ball we practiced at 6 a.m., most of my teammates had a whole day of classes ahead of them and I either had work all day or my internship, depending on the day. Then we would get back together in the afternoon for lifting and conditioning. This was followed again by night class, homework, closing shifts at work and meetings. Juggling everything is a lot of work and takes time management and planning. On top of everything else, student-athletes are held to higher standards with grades. For example, on my team we are expected to have at least a 3.25 GPA.

Missing class for games is a whole other thing. Feeling behind is hard and having to make up tests and get the information you missed isn’t always easy. Assignments are often due before we leave for the trip. Studying on the bus is difficult, especially when there is no Wi-Fi so you can’t do your online work.

With all that being said, if I had the chance to do it again, I wouldn’t change a thing.

It’s so much more than just a game with people who have the same interest as you. It’s the hours you spend together every day, sprinting through the end line together, cheering each other on as the losing team does their punishment during practice. It’s the teammates who wake up at 5 a.m. with you. It’s the enjoyment you feel doing something right that you’ve been working on over and over. It’s your coach being proud of the hard work you put in day in and day out, knowing they are pushing you to be better. It’s the upperclassmen who welcomed me in my freshman year and made me feel like I belonged here and doing the same for the freshman coming in each year.

It’s trying to be better for your teammates because you know they are doing the same for you. It’s feeling triumph after winning a close game and knowing you couldn’t have done it without your teammates. It’s the memories made on and off the field. It’s knowing you always have people to count on and a family surrounding you day in and day out.

For all those reasons and more, I wouldn’t trade being a student-athlete for anything. There are no doubt times where the last thing I want to do is go to practice, but the things I have learned from it are going to stick with me for a lifetime. Lacrosse has taught me leadership, discipline, dedication, accountability and teamwork. It has made me into the person I am today. 

Becca Martin is the Copy Editor for The Spectator. 

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