A Day in the Life of a Student-Athlete
5:30 am – Wake up
The ding of a text wakes you up before your alarm even has the chance to go off. The texts probably reads something along the lines of “IT’S THURSDAY, [INSERT RIVAL] AIN’T SLEEPIN, WHY ARE YOU?! LET’S GO LET’S GO!!!”. Time to get to work, business hours start at 6 am and doors don’t close ‘til late tonight.
Hold up. Before we move on, you’re probably wondering what’s going on here. Most of you probably know, but don’t want to admit it. We’re about to walk through a real day in the life of a student athlete.
Contrary to what you heard, it’s not all TV interviews and campus glory, in fact, 90% of what you do is hard work behind the scenes. You’re not a normal college student when you’re a student-athlete, you’re in a class of your own. It’s not college, it’s business school and your business is your sport.
6:00 am – Hit the weights
It doesn’t matter what sport or position you play. It doesn’t matter if you’re an all-american or a professional pine rider. No one escapes the sights of the strength staff. 6 am comes at you fast; after 5 minutes of stretching, the music starts and the lifts follow up real quick. This is gut check time, when you push yourself to the limit. One hour of hard work separates the team into 2 parts – those who think this is a hobby and those who think this is a way of life. Alright – grab a shake, hit the showers, and head to breakfast.
7:00 am – Breakfast time
This isn’t bad; they have a full spread ready to go. Time to bulk up on protein and secure the gains you just made in the weight room. The school treats you right with a spread of any kind of breakfast you could want. They got a cereal bar, omelette bar, all the juices, like we said, the school has GOT you here. Eat up, jaw with your teammates, and enjoy it because you got a long day ahead of you!
8:00 am – Class
Time to take off the Beats and take out the notebook. It may or may not be the real reason you’re here, but doing well in class is the only way you’re going to stay on the roster and in school. The perks of being an athlete mean that you get to pick your classes before anyone else, so you’ve got a back to back to back gauntlet and then you’re done for the day. It might not be fun, but it’s a necessity. For the entire time you’re in school, your motto should be, get A’s and make plays.
12:00 pm – Lunch hour
Welcome to your first social time with gen-pop of the day. Hit the lunch hall, grab a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, and hang out with your classmates. Everyone needs a little time off from the intensity that is your student-athlete schedule, so take as much time as you can.
1:00 pm – More class
2 more hours of academia. Don’t slack because your teachers have your coach on speed dial and neither one of them care that you were up at 5:30 this morning. Matter fact, we know coach was up with you and chances are your teacher was up around then too. Old people, man!
3:00 pm – Meetings
Alright, alright! Class was just an appetizer, this right here is the classroom you’ve been waiting for all day! Coach is gonna get up there and get you nice and hyped up for practice, or maybe he’s out here getting up in your face for messing up last weekend. Either way, class is in session and coach is your teacher.
3:30 pm – Film
That may have been sports 101, but now it’s time to hit the major specific course. You’re going to have every step you took in the last game or practice analyzed. You’ll get some praise and you’ll take some hits. No matter what your position coach is saying, they’re just trying to make you a better player every single day; take it in stride, and don’t get too up or down.
4:15 pm – Practice
Get padded up in the locker room, dig into your teammates a little bit, then get out there and get to work. Start off with a stretch with a side dish of heavy beats. This is time to get your mind right before you get in the trenches with your team. Hit the position specific drills hard and fast. This is make or break time for being a starter next game. Next up is team drills. Know the plays, play until the whistle, and give it everything you’ve got. Position drills might put you in the mix to get playing time, but team time will solidify your spot.
7:00 pm – Practice Pt. 2: Conditioning
You thought you were done after the team period. You were wrong. Now comes the team building time. Get on the line and be prepared to run until you can’t anymore. Good week or bad, 100 yard shuttles and gassers are in your future. This is the time when you have to hold yourself and your teammates accountable. One final push to the finish that will take you from a group of elite athletes to one cohesive team.
8:00 pm – Dinner
I mean, we’ve said it before. The spread is real. The school doesn’t mess around with making sure its athletes are fed well. Grab a plate or 2 because after a tough 3 hour practice, you gon’ eat!
8:45 pm – Study Hall
This isn’t just for classes. Classes take first priority, especially in the eyes of your advisors and tutors, so make sure that you’re getting your work done as quickly as possible and don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you can finish early, you can use some of this structured time to study the playbook too, because, well, it is your second major and all.
10:00 pm – Fortnite
Take some time, you’ve been going all day long without stopping. Chill with your teammates and get some much needed relaxation in. These people are who you go to war with every single day, so you better get close.
11:00 pm – Sleep
Okay, maybe 11 is a little late, but this isn’t a fairy tale, this is reality. Maybe you cut the videogame time short if you’re having a hard time waking up in the morning. Either way, get to sleep by 11 or that 5:30 wake up is gonna hit you like a freight train.
5:30 am – Repeat Get ready, because this is now your life for the next 4 years!