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.
Athletes at Stanford break the stereotypical athlete mold not only in terms of who they socialize with, but also by being very academically-oriented. We are rewarded for our academic achievements just as much, if not more, as our athletic achievements. My coaches value me not just as asset to the team but as person, and have supported all of my academic decisions – I am free to choose any major, can take any class that first into my schedule, work in research labs, and do all the things any other student can do. In this environment, the Stanford student-athlete is equal parts a student and an athlete – not an athlete who happens to be in school.
Freshmen at Stanford sometimes wish that they were more connected with upperclassmen. In my first quarter here, I’ve discovered a class that has helped me reach out to older students while teaching me incredibly valuable skills.
A typical routine for Nick Hoversten, ’14, a double major in history and studio art, involves painting, sculpting, woodworking, photography, surfing and practice and competition for Stanford Men’s Water Polo.
With the final standings set to be released after the 2014 baseball College World Series, the winner of the 2013-14 Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings has already been determined with Stanford claiming its unprecedented 20th consecutive award as the top intercollegiate athletic department in the nation.
In my lastpost, I covered how I’ve been entertained by the arts at Stanford. In this post, I’m going to talk about my main alternative method of entertainment: SPORTS!