By Harry Pearse
You have had an amazing summer. You have destressed, chilled out and switched off from anything to do with work or school. And now the time for fall preparation has come… a time that most students resent and hate. Of course, I am speaking about getting schoolwork done, or just getting ready to leave the warmth and comforts of home for the bleak dorms of Riggs! However, let’s look on the bright side. Although you are leaving old friends behind, your new ones are waiting to make even more memories than you made last semester; more drunken night Dizzy’s on Saturday or the beautiful scenic views of Mchebes on a Friday! It’s not all bad!
For many of us athletes, and especially the men’s soccer team, our fall starts much earlier! I started pre-season on June 1, to get fit for the season ahead. And although I thrive from and love the surroundings of football (soccer) and I know I am always excited to get stuck in the running and core work, while I am doing it, it feels like the worst thing in the world. Especially when you look at the clock, and you are completely blowing and you have only done 2 miles of a 6 mile run. That is when you know that you would much rather be at home watching Spartacus or Game of Thrones, with your dog and a cup of tea!
But this is why most athletes, including me, do it. Pushing yourself to the limits and trying to be the best is important so when the fall does hit, you are the one who is out in front and getting the coach’s attention. For many non-student-athletes, you can reflect this type of attitude in your academic work. For example, getting your books early for the classes you are taking in the fall, and having a quick scan of the material. This will give you a head start, therefore giving you a much better opportunity to get a great grade, which is hopefully what you are aiming for!
You may also start thinking about is dorming. If you want the best dorm or a specific room in a specific building, you might have to start applying for them now, because as freshmen and other students begin to come and think the same, they will start to go really fast. If you want to dorm with your friend, you will have to enquire about this also, because I couldn’t think of anything worse than living with a stranger who is sociable but so messy that it would be like living with a puppy! My OCD couldn’t cope!
So make sure you start completing your “to-do” list now and get on top of everything you need to get done before the semester begins. Otherwise, you may be kicking yourself when you are living in a room that looks like a landfill site! Let’s do it!