This Week's Top 5
1. Your job is to be a student athlete. Practice, class, film, weights, eat, study hall …. Wait a minute, I don't have any "me time." How am I supposed to check Instagram, do my laundry, call my mom, and play PS4? Treat your responsibilities as if they were your-full time job, because they are. Create an hourly planner, and update it daily. Stop scheduling nap times, and use breaks between classes to study and get your work done. If you manage your time during the day, you may just find that you have 15 minutes in the evening to sneak in a game of 2K.
2. Avoid "impostor syndrome."You may feel you don't belong in the same class as the "regular" students, either because of your lack of self-confidence or poor treatment by those who (for whatever reason) don't like athletics. Step out of your comfort zone: Make an effort to cultivate friends outside your small circle of teammates and coaches. Remember that each student brings value to the institution in different ways, whether it be musical talent, academic excellence, or athletic ability.
3. Don't be a punch line. You don't want to be the player who causes your teammates daily grief. Be on time (in the athletic world, being on time means being early). Be prepared, whether it's practice, class, or study hall.
4. Make the most of failure. Resist the temptation to give up. Make a realistic assessment of where you went wrong: Did you spend enough time studying? Did you ask questions in class? Did you visit the professor during office hours for extra help? Then take the steps necessary to correct the problem, right away.
5. Plan for life. It's easy to forget the big picture when your daily life is packed with academics and athletics, but remember to use your resources and build your network. You should aim to take at least two classes from the same professor so that when you need letters of recommendation, you will know a faculty member who can write a strong letter for you instead of a form letter. And create a resume early. Though most student athletes are intimidated when it comes time to write one, it's good to keep in mind that your athletic experience has taught you many skills that employers value. As an athlete, you have demonstrated that you are goal oriented, work well in teams, communicate, and are organized and disciplined.
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Quote of the Week
"Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points."
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Film Screening: 'The Yes Men Fix the World' Event Details May 3, 2017 7:00 pm Integrative Learning Center Room: S211 UMass Amherst Campus
Born from culture jamming, The Yes Men Fix The World offers intrepid and ingenious tactics for putting pressure on the media and informing the public about pressing social and political issues, including many with a direct relationship to science and technology. From Dow Chemical's responsibility for the Bhopal disaster, to the callous disregard that ExxonMobil, Shell, Halliburton and other corporations demonstrate on the consequences of climate change, the Yes Men target the powerful people profiting from environmental destruction.