Being a student athlete on campus definitely has its perks, but it is not all fun and games. We get to move in early and get our laundry done, and we have a training room to help us with any medical issues. Playing a sport is very time consuming, so how do we have time for everything else? Well, the answer is time management. I am going to give you five tips for being a successful student athlete.

1. Use your teammates
You have so much information right in front of you. Who knows Trinity better than the people who have been there for at least a year? They can provide you with so much advice, such as which classes or teachers to take. Teammates can even serve as tutors if you need help. Your teammates also know the resources on campus to help you out, so always ask them first.

2. Get your rest
You will be able to perform much better when you get a healthy amount of sleep. I know it sounds cliché, but this will significantly help your body function. Getting a good night’s rest will help you use your time wisely by getting things done in your off time rather than taking naps. This then opens up more time at night so you will not have too much to do. Sleep will help the body be ready for your busy day.

3. Make friends in class
We miss so much school due to traveling for games, so get a buddy who can give you their notes and let you know what you have missed. You don’t want to miss out on any extra credit opportunities. Professors are very good at giving you the materials you’ve missed, but you have to communicate with them beforehand. Making friends in your classes will also help you when it comes to studying. If you have any confusion, it is always nice to have someone to ask for help. Having a study buddy will help you succeed in the classroom.

4. Use your time wisely
This is the most important step because making time for your homework is crucial. The key to success is staying organized and creating space for work or errands to run. Even while traveling, our coach always makes sure we get our work done in between games. Getting the most out of your time will relieve some stress from your workload.

5. Have fun!
Since there are a ton of things to worry about, the one thing you need to do is enjoy playing the sport you love. We are Division III athletes and do not receive scholarships for playing; we play because we love it. Don’t let stress about playing time or school get in the way of doing what you love.

Coach Jenkins always tells us to leave everything at the door. When you step in the gym it is time to focus on volleyball. Have fun with your teammates in the competitive atmosphere. Even with all your worries, having a sport to take your mind off of everything is so relaxing.

Although it is time consuming, practice should be a break from your day to get away from school work and have some fun. Enjoy it because once it is over you will miss it dearly.

College is a time to figure out who you are, explore new things, experience failure, but also have your shining moments. Student athletes have the best support system anyone could ask for and they have the opportunity to learn and grown on and off the court or field. There will be rough times, but to overcome something with your team is more rewarding than accomplishing it by yourself.