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Rowan Men’s Basketball team has gotten started off to a great start. As of tonight they are 6-0.

They have had some pretty close games but every time they have pulled out the win. Something that has helped them a lot as a team is hat they know how to play hard until the end. The team as a whole does not let up until the clock buzzes.

But these wins have not come without hard work.

After the past few games I have talked to a few of the key players on the team and i asked them what has helped them stay focused as a team during the games.

Kendall White a senior and captain of the team said “We have to come to practice ready to practice. If I have a huge paper due the next morning that I haven’t started yet then I know I won’t be able to give my 110% in practice because I’ll be distracted.”

White went on to talk about how being organized really helps. “I know that for me personally, I always pack my bag the night before a game. It helps me to prepare myself mentally and physically. Its the same thing you would do for a test, you study ahead of time so when it comes time I’m not freaking out trying to get ready.”

White is right.

Time management is not only about a schedule but being prepared ahead of time. Being prepared ahead of time makes it much easier to not stress out over your assignment. It will leave you more time to get yourself and your assignments together.

Having things done when they need to be done helps to avoid rushing things to get them in. also allowing yourself  enough time to do your work assures you that you will do your work to the best of the ability.

Also if you want to give your team the effort they deserve from you then its best to go to practice ready to practice with a clear head.

Overall, you need to work hard for you and your team. You are in college to learn, get an education, and get a degree. But you have to work hard for your team too. They need you just as much as you need them. So work hard, manage your time and be prepared.

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College is a time to meet new people, have fun, and learn new things. Sometimes all those things can be a lot to take in. When you are starting off in a new place it can be hard to learn how and when to make time for certain things, especially when you are an athlete. College athletes struggle with all the same things as every other college student but they have a little more on their plates. With practices and classes it can be hard to find time for anything else. Just because their athletes does not mean they do not want to go out and have fun with their friends. It just means they have to work twice as hard to make sure they have free time to go out with their friends.

In Arthur Luebber’s article, he gives helpful tips on how to best manage your time as a college athlete. He says that a sports team can be compared to a full time job, I agree with this statement 100%. With team meetings, practices, and games,  it can be hard to find time for anything else. When you leave practice, or come home from a game you are physically and emotionally drained. Its tough to sit down and do hours of homework after all of that. Luebber says that you should try to keep your schedule as simple as possible. Try and cut out unnecessary time wasting things, like taking a long time to get ready in the morning because little things like that can free up a lot of time for whether it be studying or just some free time to spending hanging out with friends

In another helpful article, written by Xenia Stewart, she explains that a establishing a schedule is crucial. You will have to base it around your practice and class schedule. Stewart also happens to be a senior guard for the Pittsburgh University women’s basketball team, so she speaks from experience. She goes on to tell the readers,  “Keep in mind, though, there will likely be team rules about missing classes, being late for practice and workouts, etc. It would be wise not to try to squeeze things in at the last minute.” So you really do have to stay ahead of the game (literally and figuratively).

Overall, the most important thing for a college athlete to stay on top of their game is to have a strict schedule, and STICK TO IT. If you set your schedule and always make sure you have time to study and do homework you will always be able to do what you want in your free time and won’t be stressing over what assignments are due. YOU CAN DO IT ALL, IF YOU BALANCE YOUR TIME! Until next time, I’m Anne Palmer

http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/key-to-survival-for-the-student-athlete-time-management/

http://www.helium.com/items/659496-time-management-tips-for-college-athletes

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Balancing school and a college sports team can be tough, but I think its only tough if you don’t take the time to plan ahead and not procrastinate. I know this all to well because last year I was on the cheerleading team at my college, Rowan University. I played sports all my life and I never had any trouble balancing school, practice and friends back in high school. I think that is because my parents always there for me, making sure I was doing what I needed to do to stay on track, but college is a whole different ball game. Being on your own with all of this new found freedom is a lot to take in.

When you are a high school student and you realize that you are about to play for your college the first reaction is usually excitement. The fact that you will have to work twice as hard to balance everything is usually an after thought that does not come until you are knee deep in papers and have practice in an hour and class right afterwards. Being a college athlete is a lot like being a professional juggler, you have to be able to handle multiple things coming at you at once and you must always be prepared for the next thing ahead of time, you MUST ALWAYS BE ON TOP OF YOUR GAME.

Procrastination will be your WORST enemy as a college athlete. Yes going out with your friends sounds like a good idea, and yes saying you will just wake up early and study for test instead of staying and doing now all sounds good in theory. BUT in the long run you will regret it because you either will sleep through your alarm and not study at all or probably realize that you should of stayed in because you didn’t have enough time to study in the morning. I know it is hard to tell your friends you are not going out because you need to stay in and study but I’m sure in the future at some point they will have to do the same and it won’t sound so crazy. Yes it is tough to watch your friends go out without you but you could always study for a while and meet up with them later once you feel you have studied enough and are prepared for your test.

So just a few key things to remember, always make sure your school work is done before you go and hang out. It will cause you to be more relaxed overall because you wont be stressing over what assignments you have due and what test or quiz you have to study for. Your in college to get an education, remember that. YOU CAN DO IT ALL, IF YOU BALANCE YOUR TIME! Until next time, I’m Anne Palmer.

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