One of the greatest experiences I have had during my two years here at university has been the opportunity to take part in sport. It has helped me not just personally, but also in working towards my degree in Natural Sciences.
By Justin Block As college students across the country head back to campus this month, thousands of student-athletes are also headed back to their on-campus gym.
Early-morning weight lifting sessions, late-night study circles and long bus rides with teammates are all on queue for the upcoming season. Sherman, however, plays football professionally. Love of sport be damned, the question must be asked: The answer depends on the individual, and to gather perspectives I asked HuffPosters who played in college about their sporting days and what they learned from the experience.
Interviews have been edited and condensed for clarity. Photo via Julian McWilliams Baseball at the college level is somewhat robotic.
Everyone hits the same, throws the same -- even runs the same. Ohio University wasn't the biggest name baseball school, but it was Division I and for that year we had Major League scouts buzzing.
I told both my parents I would attend college, but I was leaving after my junior year once I was draft eligible. I went in hungry as ever.
But to be honest, the weight training shocked me a little. They not only had me lifting more than others to put some more muscle on me, but they also put me on the "football meal plan," giving me multiple meals a day.
I gained 20 pounds in three months.
On top of that, the grueling schedule of having to manage school and sports was tough. Then it was study hall at 8 p. I found myself getting sick a lot because of little sleep and it didn't help that my coach and I didn't really see eye to eye. He was very old-school and kind of put constraints on his players -- it was either his way or the highway.
I rehabbed for two years on my own and ended up playing professional baseball in New Mexico after I graduated. Through it all, I always saw it as worth it. Though I didn't achieve my dream of playing minor league baseball, I still played professionally.
If I didn't go through that experience at Ohio and Temple, all the injuries etcetera, I probably wouldn't have had the courage to even try to play professionally after suffering so many injuries. I never lost sight of what I wanted. Paul Raushenbush -- Swimming at Macalester College We got to have fun, do our best and just enjoy being healthy and together in the pool.
I was a swimmer at Macalester, a small college best known for political activists and freaks. I was mostly an activist and a freak, but for the four months of swimming season I had an additional group of friends and commitment to a sport I had loved since I was six.
We got to have fun, do our best and just enjoy being healthy and together in the pool. Kim Bellware Bellware, far left, poses with her team. Playing for the reserves was the best of both worlds.
Both Valpo's men's and women's teams had a reserve squad, but the men's was much more fluid -- a walk-on to the reserve team could do well in training and shirt up for a varsity match next week. Similarly, a men's player on varsity who wasn't performing could lose his spot to a reserve player.
The women's team, however, did not enjoy such a permeable membrane. In my time, two reserve players were brought up to varsity.College athletes should always list relevant work experience and internships first on their resumes.
The best place to list sports involvement is in a subsequent “activities” section. However, because of their full-time commitment to sports, most student-athletes may not have had the time to complete internships or take on a summer job.
Aug 18, · Something that I had absolutely never in a million years expected to be a part of my college experience -- seriously, I hadn't even played any sports my senior year of high school -- .
College sports come in a wide variety, including bowling, golf, wrestling, tennis, swimming and even Frisbee. And colleges offer the opportunity for every student to take part in sports — not just the elite student-athletes you see on TV.
Including sports activities in your resume can be an effective way of communicating skills that a future employer would value. It can demonstrate that you're competitive, driven, dedicated, and goal oriented.
So, even though my first semester of my frosh year was just four months straight of not getting what I wanted, it was an experience I wouldn't trade. And it's an experience that I offer to current college freshmen to learn from.
But, even more valuable than my lessons learned, is your own experience. Everyone has a different adjustment to college.
Being apart of the IHSA equestrian circuit for my first year in college will be an experience I will not forget. The IHSA is an organization that allows students to continue to show horses while in college.