And so the first week of swimming has ended. Not only our first week in the pool, but also our first week of Crossfit, our first team meeting, and our first team get together outside of practice hours.
Although it has been raining here for what feels like 3 consecutive days, we braved the weather for a swim team barbeque this past Saturday. Most of us stayed dry inside, but thankfully the boys’ captain stood in the rain for us to grill up some burgers and dogs. Getting to know the new freshmen and transfers, as well as re-uniting with the upperclassmen for longer than an out-of-breath quick conversation between sets made for a great dinner.
Our Crossfit coach gave us a lovely surprise on Wednesday afternoon by allowing us a half hour of venting time instead of continuing to work our squats. As the middle of the semester quickly approaches, everyone on the team can feel the stress of school and the added scheduling in of swim practice. Spotting some anxiety throughout the team, the upperclassmen decided to offer some words of advice of how to keep calm when school takes over for the college newbies. Having learned a few tips myself, I decided to share them. They’re suggestions that can essentially help any college athlete succeed with the time crunch of practice, school, and somehow finding time for a social life and sleep.
1. Actually come to practice. It forces you to manage your time instead of napping your afternoon away. It also serves as a break from the constant movement of school work. It gives you endorphins to relieve your stress and allows for time to joke around with your teammates.
2. Keep in close contact with your teachers. If they know you on a more personal basis, then they’ll be more flexible around your games or meets, as well as being more accessible when you’re struggling with schoolwork and requesting extensions.
3. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t be embarrassed to seek help. Whether that’s with a study group, a tutor, or a one-time guidance session with the writing center. These programs are set up for the use of students and are very accommodating around school and practice schedules.
4. Give yourself a day off. For most, this day would be a Saturday, which is mostly when we all have sporting events so it works out nicely. Sundays were set up to do homework, anyways.
5. Find a study space that’s not your own bed. You will be convinced way more easily to close your eyes instead of studying when compared to sitting at a desk in the quiet of the library.
Wise words from the SMC swim team. Keep following and I’ll keep you updated!