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Kate Palmer (Photo Credit: Kate Palmer's Facebook Page_

Kate Palmer
(Photo Credit: Kate Palmer’s Facebook Page)

Kate Palmer is 27 years old, has cheered for 19 years and has coached for 9 years. Kate attended Holy Cross College in Indiana for 4 years and during her time there she started a cheerleading team. She started the team at the beginning of her junior year and coached and participated on the team for her last 2 years of college. After graduation, she continued to coach the team for 2 additional years. This is where Kate’s expertise will come into play.

During those 4 years Kate learned a lot about time management. She was going to college full-time, coaching a team and was simultaneously participating on the team.

Kate is my older sister and she has always taught me to put my best effort in to all that I do. She always taught me that punctuality is key, but more importantly, she always said “stress will always get the best of you so don’t let things pile up. If you take care of them when you get them you won’t ever have to worry about doing a million things at once”.

When I called her about this assignment she had a lot of good things to say about the struggles of time management and the stress it can cause you.

She said “obviously I wasn’t planning on starting a collegiate sports team when I went off to college but I couldn’t stay away from cheering. I had cheered my whole life and my college did not have a cheer team. So I started by asking around the campus and found out what I had to do to get a team started”.

She went on to explain how it was really stressful and time-consuming in the beginning because she had to recruit people who wanted to cheer for the school, set up informational meetings, hold tryouts and organize and run practices all while being a full-time student.

She has told me time and time again how wonderful this experience was for and how the only thing she would do differently would be that she would have started the team sooner.

When I asked her what this taught her this is what she told me “I learned a lot of valuable skills through this experience. I learned that procrastination will be your worst enemy. I struggled with that when the team was starting out but I came to the realization pretty fast that other people were relying on me as their coach now so I had to have things done on time.”

This just goes to show you that you truly can do it all if you balance your time!

Below this is video is an audio slide interview with Grace Kaler. She is a junior at Rowan University. Grace is a student athlete and runs both track and cross-country. In the interview she talks about what she has learned over the years as a collegiate athlete and what tips she has taken away from this time management blog. Enjoy!!


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It is hard to find th balance in your life especially for student athletes. Not only do collegiate athlete struggle with finding balance with school and friends but they also have to factor in practice, team meetings, and games. It can be hard for student athletes to find the perfect balance. As in my last post I talked about how time management is a problem but the other problem is the effort.

Time management is a hard thing to cope with in college. You have classes, friends, and school work to juggle. When you throw in a sport it can get even tougher.

Being on a collegiate sports team is kind of like having a full-time job. When you have practice  everyday and workouts with the team every morning its hard to find time for everything else. Sometimes you have to say no to going out and make sure that all your school work gets done. But last week when I interviewed Grace Kaler, she brought to my attention that it is not always so much of a balancing problem but more of an effort problem.

Grace talked to me about how when it comes to running she gives it her all, 110 % percent, no matter what. But when it comes time for to classes and school work she usually only gives about 70% percent. She said it is hard when it comes time to do school work to giver it her all. She said because she it so exhausted from practice or a meet that it is a struggle to sit down and due three hours of homework afterwards. She said she struggles with this a lot and if she could just put a little more effort in to her school work she would probably be a straight A student.

Here a few things to take away from this…

  • Make sure to always get enough sleep
  • Try to do work ahead of time so you are not pressed for time
  • Make sure to always eat well because it’s a good healthy energy boost

Until next time, I’m Anne Palmer.

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For this post I interviewed Grace Kaler. Grace is a junior at Rowan University, she runs for both the track and cross country team. The point of this Q&A is to hear all about the struggles of being a student-athlete from someone who knows it best. Grace is going to fill us in how to manage our time, be better prepared for what life throws at you, and some overall great advice

Q: What obstacles have you faced as a student-athlete?

A: The standard answer would be that I don’t have enough balance between my homework, classes, practices, and meets but that’s not really an issue for me. In fact, I think being an athlete improves my time management. However, my real obstacle is how much heart I put into my schoolwork. I put my heart and soul into running whereas with schoolwork I don’t put nearly as much emphasis into it. o\On the track I always give 110% but with schoolwork I only give about 70%. If I tried harder on schoolwork, I’d definitely be doing better.

Q: What have been some of your highs/ lows?

A: highs are definitely our wins, winning for every sport is a main goal. There is no better feeling than celebrating great accomplishments with your team, every race we try our absolute hardest to go out and win it. personally, my lows are dealing with injuries. I am currently sitting out this season of cross country due to a health issue, it kills me to not be racing but at the same time i have to remember how truly blessed i am to still be a part of my team and am still able to support my girls. Regardless of my injury, i was able to obtain a captain spot this year, being able to lead my girls despite not racing is a great feeling. I am so honored that i still have the respect and opportunity from my fellow teammates and coach to have this spot.

Q: Has there been anything that has surprised you, anything you felt you weren’t prepared for?

A: the health issue I just mentioned is something I wasn’t expecting in the least bit. I found out 10 weeks ago that I have a type of arthritis, which is unfortunately a disease so I will be most likely battling this for the rest of my life. The arthritis developed in my knees, which runners relay on heavily. I am on intense medication so I hope to be able to come back and finish my last 2 years of NCAA eligibility.

Q: Do you have any stories that epitomizes your career as a student athlete?

A: Not as a student-athlete, but as a future professional. This year has taught me more about running than any years prior. I now get to see what goes into the sport of running besides the actually running part. I get to see my team through another set of eyes now that I’m not racing. I am leading, as well as helping my coach out in all ways possible behind the scene. I feel as though this year has taught me more about what it means to be a runner than any other year

Q: And lastly, what advice would you give to freshmen student athletes who are just starting out their college careers?

A: My advice to freshmen coming in is to always always keep your head held high, it will prevail in the long run. The sport of running is rather frustrating because not every race will be your best race, which can get extremely discouraging at times. However, if you keep working and staying positive, chances are, you will be better than you ever were before.

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