Behind the Scenes

Posted By: FaithWelch
Posted On: January 20th, 2018
Attending: Letterkenny Institute of Technology

When I was a little kid, all I ever wanted to do was play basketball. I fell in love with the game when I was about 5 years old and it has been a part of my life every day since – I’m not exaggerating either! Throughout my school years, I was in season for basketball every day. From playing on my school team, to the local district team, to AAU (travel basketball) during the summer months, and of course all the practices and extra workouts – this routine was my life until I graduated high school and I loved every second of it. During my junior year of high school, I began to get recruited to play college basketball. I loved this game so much and having the opportunity to continue playing for the next 4 years was a dream come true. Though my 4 years at Brockport went by in the blink of an eye, I would not have changed a single thing. It was an honor being able to represent the College and the women’s basketball team.

For my blog this week, I thought it’d be fun to give you some “behind the scenes” facts about my experience as an NCAA student-athlete:

  1. It is a grind. There are some days when you will be going 100 miles an hour trying to balance your school work in between workouts, practices, and games. These days make it seem impossible to do it all, but days like this teach you the importance of prioritizing your responsibilities and help improve your time management skills for the real world.
  2. 6 am practices…you either love them or hate them. Personally, I loved them – well when my alarm would go off at 4:40 AM I wouldn’t say love, but it was nice being done with practice for the day at 8:30 AM! More time for school work!!!
  3. The locker room is one of the best places to take a nap. In between two-a-day sessions, you could find me and my teammates all sprawled out throughout the locker room asleep waiting for the next practice to start.
  4. Your team becomes your family. When you spend every day together, you form this special bond that truly cannot be broken. You know that no matter what, your teammates have your back and you have theirs on and off the court.
  5. After a hard practice, your coach saying “okay let’s bring it in” will become the most beautiful sound you have ever heard.
  6. The athletic training room becomes your second home especially during preseason!
  7. Seeing your teammates on campus automatically turns into a dance party – not kidding. If I saw one of my teammates when I would walk through campus, I would instantly start dancing like a complete dork because I knew they were going to join in with me. I can only imagine how weird we looked to everyone else…
  8. Anytime you wanted to get extra shots up or a quick lift in, a teammate was only a text away.
  9. Your jersey number has a special meaning to you. In college, I wore #15 but prior to that #5 was my go to. When I got to college one of my teammates already had #5, so I switched to #15 and now I can’t picture myself ever wearing a different number!
  10. The bus rides back after a big away game win were the best. Celebrating, laughing, dancing, and singing all the way home with my teammates are memories that I will cherish forever.

Being an NCAA student-athlete is hard work, it requires dedication and passion both in the classroom and on the court. The countless hours I put into the sport I love opened so many doors for me and I will always be grateful for the chance I was given. Without basketball, I wouldn’t have had this amazing opportunity to be a part of the Sport Changes Life family!


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