WAKE up at 5.30am, get to the dressing room at 6am, train at 7am, finish and get showered before 9am, rush to maths class for 9.30am. This is the life of a full-time college student-athlete. With classes starting this Wednesday, my first day of juggling both sports and academics was a real test. This academic year will be very different. With four-out-of-five of my classes being online and only having one face-to-face class, dealing with time management will be key if I want to stay on top of my studies while travelling for games every week.
During the week we were preparing for our practice game against William Carey University, a smaller local NAIA school less than five minutes away from my university. It was scheduled for Friday at 5pm, at their grounds. With no competitive games for months due to Covid-19, we were looking forward to getting a chance to see just how ready we were for our season ahead.
From our training sessions on the field Monday-Friday to our weights sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, we were very prepared as a team to prove our worth in this local derby. However, the night before, we received confirmation that due to player concerns and weather conditions, our opposition decided to cancel. So we had to look for our only alternative under such short notice, an inner-squad game. (A practice match against ourselves).
We took the event seriously, having a team prematch meal, getting separate team talks and both teams wearing either the home or away kits. I was on the home team. We battled out the game, both teams testing each other and cancelling each other out.
One thing I know about this season is that it’s going to be one where we have to adapt. We may see a lot more cancellations in our season’s future due to COVID-19 other unforeseen circumstances. But one thing that won’t change is that we have to be able to be flexible and be ready to deal with surprises. A skill that I will most definitely value and and appreciate for my future!