What’s up guys, my name is Jimmy Harrington, Freshman Lacrosse player at Furman University in Greenville, SC. I wanted to shed some light on the balance of playing college athletics and studying at the collegiate level.
Fall Ball Lacrosse began for me this past week and there’s nothing you can do in high school to really prepare yourself for the work that it takes in college, regardless of sport. My weekly schedule consists of team lifts and conditioning every week Monday/Tuesday/Friday and practice every single week day. On top of that workload I also balance four classes that I am currently taking as well.
The key to being able to manage a job-like workload is your mindset. Mental toughness and discipline is something you could prepare yourself for when you are in high school. My weekly study recommendation is about 1-2 hours for every class a week that I am taking. It takes discipline to wake up for an 8:30 class, study between your 1 p.m class, get a quick bite to eat before your 3 p.m lift followed by a 4:30 practice ending your night at about 7 when it’s all said and done. Directly after this you’re hitting the dining hall and getting right for study hall at 8 pm. Topping off your day at about 10 p.m when you can relax for a little bit then mentally prepare yourself to do the same thing the next day.
This is something that I would really think about if you are looking to play a sport in college. However, with all of this work I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The weekends give you some time to loosen up and get ready for the next week. The discipline and work ethic that is learned during the process of being a student-athlete is a valuable thing to have in your pocket when sports is all said and done. Something to ponder for aspiring college athletes.