For as long as I can remember, I had dreams of being a college athlete. The lifestyle seemed like something that would be desired by all students that enjoyed sports. Waking up in the morning, followed by breakfast and class, hanging out with friends, winning baseball games, and being known on campus as a ball player seemed like the ideal lifestyle to me. However, no one made me aware of the struggles that come along with being asked to perform at an elite level in the classroom and on the athletic field on a daily basis. The pressure that is involved with being a college athlete is overwhelming at times, and pushes many guys and girls away from doing what they’ve grown up loving. At the college level, playing a sport takes much more than talent and skill. It takes a very well rounded person to be able to handle the strenuous schedule of classes, baseball, homework, lifting, meetings, and, on occasion, social time, in that order. The switch from high school baseball to college baseball has been an eye opening experience for me because the game I grew up playing has now become a full time job in just one year. From three hour practices right after class, to lifting every single night, the game doesn’t seem like much of a game at all. I believe that if a person has the will power and the desire to finish college with a degree and good grades while putting so much effort and time into baseball, he or she will be able to be successful in whatever they want in life.
I didn’t choose to write about this in class. I put my pen to the page and began to write down my feelings and this flowed from my brain. It had been a long, hard week for me and I was flat out exhausted when I entered class that day. I chose to revise this writing because I feel like it does have meaning and it can help people who aren’t athletes understand what we go through on a daily basis. I believe that some people think that athletes are spoiled in college and get whatever we please, but from what I’ve seen so far, it is just the opposite. The work and dedication is intense, and it is not something that a person can enter into half-heartedly.