Another big week with Catherine

Catherine attended her first board meeting in her new role as president elect at her professional organization, Triple A, the American Academy of Audiology. The board gathered in the DC area for three days.

Next weekend, without travel, rare in these seasons, comes with a Friday night performance at The Moth’s Grand Slam event in Pittsburgh at the August Wilson Center.

On Saturday, the new graduate students in Audiology at University of Pittsburgh get to celebrate at their White Coat Ceremony.

 

Coach and swimmers in 2005

Golden years, coaching my kids.

An interesting fact about this team was that all the coaches had their own children swim on the swim team.

Coach, dad and two sons, in swim suits
Coach Mark Rauterkus and his sons, Grant and Erik, swimmers at CAR, the Carlynton Swim Club, 2005
Swim team group photo
Carlynton Swim Club, with three coaches who all had their children on the swim team.

Perspectives from Coach Mark at The Athletes Village

The web site, The Athletes Village, has many insights worthy of reading.

See the hub page and “up-score” the replies posted by Coach Mark Rauterkus:

https://www.theathletesvillage.com/user/mark-rauterkus-889

Question:

What advice would you give college athletes who are coming to the U.S. from other countries.

Answer:

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.

Proposal crunch

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.