Success in Science and Sports
Typical In-Season Schedule
6:15 a.m. – Wake-Up
6:40 a.m. – Arrive in the locker room and put volleyball gear on
6:50 a.m. – Start warming up in gym
7:00 a.m. – Begin individual practice session
7:50 a.m. – Back down to locker room, shower, get dressed, and go to Dana for quick meal
8:10-11:30 a.m. – Three one-hour classes
1:00-4:00 p.m. – Organic Chemistry Lab
4:00 -7:00 p.m. – Team practice
7:30 p.m.-Night – Dinner, Homework, and Bed
Science and a varsity sport together? Intimidating? Yes. Impossible? No. Though my schedule is constantly packed, each and every day I am surrounded by great people that I choose to involve myself with. Some may look at a 3+ hour practice and say it’s not worth it, yet that time is when I get academic relief, social stimulation, and, of course, a great workout doing the sport I love.
When I was a first-year, I walked into St. Lawrence University with a great passion for volleyball and an additional passion to challenge myself in my academics, specifically the sciences. There was no doubt in my mind that I could balance both, yet I find myself being asked on a daily basis “How do you do it?!” When my alarm goes off in the morning, sometimes I find myself asking the same question.
Get. A. Planner. Preferably some colored gel pens, ones that smoothly glide across a page as you cross out that assignment that has been lingering over your head for days. At the beginning of every semester, I write down all the events, games, practices, and Admissions shifts I have for the next few months. This way, I have a knowledge of any crazy weeks I have coming up. Also, this allows me to schedule in a night-review session for a large science exam, which my professors typically offer. These are beneficial and motivate me to study in advance.
I am so committed to both aspects of my life that my team will often snap photos of me lugging my “Organic Chemistry” textbook onto our team’s coach bus to try to get some reading done on the way. Yet, this proves difficult on a three-hour drive when we are winding through the Adirondack Mountains--so I usually just take that time to catch up on some sleep.
Joining a varsity sport was one of the greatest decisions I made going into school. As a first-year, I arrived at school on August 17th for pre-season, moved in, and was swept into college immediately. The volleyball team gave me an immediate group of friends, a set of 15 personal tour guides, and a coach to act as my mentor. Walking into practice on the first day, I remember being so intimidated by all of the seniors towering over me. Then, one walked up to me and said, “Hey, I heard you’re studying neuroscience—that’s my major, too! Let me know if you have any questions.” She was the loudest voice in the gym encouraging me, then she began to help me off the court, too. This close-knit team is exactly what I need.
Being on a sports team, you are also able to be involved in countless rewarding activities. My team does a clinic every Sunday morning for volleyball players in the local community and it is so enriching to give our skills back to the youth. Additionally, being part of the sciences, I get rewarded daily by heightening my education and challenging myself in every class. Even with these rigorous commitments, I continue to further involve myself in different clubs, on-campus activities, and anything to get the most out of my St. Lawrence University experience because there is nothing better than walking around a beautiful campus and seeing others with the same passions as yourself.