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Talk to your coaches often. Build a relationship with them. Ask for advice on other matters beyond the sport.
Get your books early. They are expensive. Pre-read the text books. Study in advance on the classes you’ll be taking.
Get your tutoring options understood early, far in advance of the tests and assignments. Generally there are great tutors who work with the athletic departments. Meet with them. Use them. Ask for extra insights. Share your class syllabus with the tutors and seek their wisdom – even if you know it all and feel confident at the outset of the semester.
Later, as the season picks up, so too do the courses. Stay ahead. in the early years of college, there are so many pages to read and content to master, it is really hard to figure out what to wrap your head around. Is that going to be on the test or not?
Finally, as things are going along, look to some mentors in your field and start to make a relationship with them too. Go to office hours without pressing needs. See if there are some open lab meetings or extra presentations, research discussions, PhD. defences, invited speakers – etc. The field of study is something to consider. Is that exciting to you? Can you devote future decades in these endeavors? These extras go beyond the classroom and go beyond the athletics – but they’re going to be the value for the education. They’ll be the one’s to write you a reference for graduate school. They’ll be the one’s to shape your long-term career. If that stuff is bland – find other mentors, departments and fields of study.
We often giggle when we hear the excuse, “I’m too busy.”
If you are too busy to meet, respond, and even email, you need to listen.
Since sports are games of time, space and relationships, great people of sports and great athletes are wonderful at managing their time.
In flag football, if you fail to catch a forward pass, it is no big deal. Your team might have to punt. If you miss a foul shot in basketball, no one dies. When at the pool, failure isn’t an option. To fail while swimming across the deep end of the pool is not the same. If failure looms large for oneself, or even a friend, while at a pond, lake, river, or in the ocean at a beach – experiences at Swim & Water Polo from Summer Dreamers can be priceless. Swimming is a lifelong skills and there will be times in the days, weeks, seasons and years to come – when swimming ability counts greatly.
My cousin, but so much more to many others, and a gentleman to all.