In college, you will be told all kinds of things from the well-intentioned people around you: life advice from your parents, polished mantras from university administrators, sage tips from your professors. Most of what you hear will drift through one ear and out the other… but every once in a while, something sticks to your brain like a bristled little foxtail seed. My collection of foxtail seeds have stuck with me throughout my time in school and changed the way I approach life, beyond college.
In my last post I talked about what a typical weekday looks like for a student-athlete. Naturally, this begs the question: what about a typical weekend? Well, there really isn’t such a thing as a “typical” weekend, but here’s a sampling of the various flavors of weekends that I’ve experienced.
For the past four years, I played for the varsity Division I tennis team here. To pay homage to those four chaotic but incredibly exciting and rewarding years, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into the minute-by-minute life of a student-athlete.
In high school I was pretty active. I tried to workout everyday after school to release stress, in addition to eating pretty healthily. Since transitioning to college I’ve had a different sort of way of approaching health and fitness – sometimes by avoiding it entirely. This past spring break I’ve spent the break on campus, and I’ve taken advantage of my free time to hangout at the gym and explore some recreation spots. Here’s a little snapshot of Stanford Recreation and dining.
I have begun to think about my plan for post-Stanford. The more I research and inquire, the more overwhelmed I become; the plethora of opportunities is extraordinary!
Hmm… how to not be that overwhelmed freshman? It’s difficult not to: you are bombarded by a barrage of events, opportunities, and tasks; there are constant midterms and exams (especially on a quarter system where things move fast), you are living away from home surrounded by new people and new friends. It’s no wonder many freshmen become exhausted, stressed out, and burnt out. Here are several common-sense, yet often overlooked things I did to stay sane in college.