Archives For April 2017

Finals Week

April 13, 2017 — Leave a comment

Finals is always a stressful time for everyone. Between taking finals, finishing projects and papers and moving out there is a lot going on. But the end of the semester also brings an end to seasons. For volleyball the first week of finals matches up with our conference tournament. This year is the second year in a row that we have locked down the first seed going into the tournament. This means we got a bye through the quarterfinals that were played on Tuesday and we get to host the semi final today. Just as I mentioned in one of my previous posts game day is always a difficult day to focus on school work. But the lack of motivation towards school goes down even further when it is a playoff match. Unfortunately that doesn’t really fly during finals. So I am trying to stay as focused on studying as I can. Luckily my first final isn’t until tomorrow afternoon so I have a little bit of wiggle room but it is going to be my toughest final so I’m trying not to utilize the wiggle room. But volleyball has constantly been in the back of my head throughout the day and will probably only become more predominant as the day goes on. If we win tonight then we will get to host the conference championship for the second consecutive year. In order to get there we must get through Johnson and Whales tonight. The other semi is also being played tonight. That one is being played between Lasell College and Rivier College. Playoffs are always a good time because there is a lot of energy around the games and we usually get a lot of fans to the game, which includes a few family members for me. Since I am from Colorado it isn’t too often that my family makes it to my games but it is always fun knowing they are in the stands.

 

I wish everyone good luck on their finals and if you need a break tonight or Saturday maybe consider come watching some volleyball.

 

Thanks for reading,

Jake

A Day in the Life

April 2, 2017 — Leave a comment

I realized the other day that I have mentioned a few times that I keep meaning to write a post but I end up running out of time. So I figured it would be beneficial to explain just how busy it gets in season. A lot of people don’t fully understand the dedication and commitment it takes to compete as a collegiate athlete, especially at Wentworth. Wentworth is different than other schools because of the work load that goes with our majors.

Now I personally have a few extra commitments that add to my schedule on top of class and volleyball, but this should provide a decent example of the schedule of athletes. This semester I am taking 17 credit hours, working at Boston Children’s Hospital for around 17 hours a week, and have volleyball practices or matches 6 out of 7 days of the week. But on top of all that I am injured so that adds some time spent with the athletic trainers. I’m going to describe a normal Tuesday, meaning practice and not a game. My first class starts at 8 and goes until 9:15, after that I head to straight to Children’s and start work by 9:30. I spend 5 hours at work and then return for class from 3 till 4:15. From class I go to the gym and start getting ready for practice. Practice doesn’t start until 6 o’clock, but I spend all the time between class and practice with the trainers doing pain management and rehab for both knees and my shoulder. A normal practice will run until 8 pm and then it is back to the training room to take an ice bath and then head home. On Tuesdays I leave the house by 7:30 in the morning and usually don’t get back until close to 8:45. With the only breaks during the day being just enough time to walk from one place to the other I generally haven’t done any homework or eaten a whole lot. So once I get home I start dinner and once it is ready I eat and get started on my homework.

Now this describes a normal Tuesday but all of my week days are pretty similar, although game days add some more time spent at volleyball due to a later start but more time with the trainers and on occasion travelling to another school to compete. Away games are the toughest days because they involve travel to and from the other school and generally make it so I am not home until closer to 10. Not every student athlete has the same schedule but all student-athletes have the same schedule as mine, but they all have about 20 hours topped on top of their class schedule between practice, games, studying film, travelling and spending time in the trainers.

Hopefully this was insightful. Until next time!

Jake