The Life of a Student Athlete

Student Athlete  Catelyn McMenamin
Student Athlete Catelyn McMenamin

The life of a college athlete is something only the truly dedicated can take on. From balancing practices, lifts, classes, study hours, jobs, social life, and any other organization he/she is in, life can be a bit hectic! To get a closer look at what it’s like for a college athlete, I shadowed one of WAC’s own. Catelyn McMenamin ’16, a junior on the swim team, gave me an inside look of what her day-to-day schedule is like. On Tuesday of last week, November 4, Catelyn said, “I woke up at 6:45 a.m. and got ready for lifting, Went to lifting from 7:15 a.m. to about 8:15 a.m., then I went to breakfast for fifteen minutes and grabbed a bagel with the team. After that I came back to my room took a five-minute shower and then took about an hour nap. I woke up around 9:35 a.m. and got ready for my 10 a.m. class. When that class ended at 11:15 a.m., I had my second class from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.. At 12:45 p.m., I ran to lunch until 1:15 a.m. and ate fast. I then had to be in the pool from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. When I was done with practice at 3:30 p.m. I got out of the pool and went to the SEB office where I made a poster for AOII from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and at 5 p.m. I went to dinner until 6 p.m. and after 6 p.m. I have free time to do homework all night!” On Wednesday, which was a day off for some students, Catelyn and her teammates had some down time in the morning before they left for their swim meet against Salisbury. On the way home from their meet they had a team dinner at a friends house and did not return to campus until 10 p.m.. The next morning Catelyn was up early at 5:45 a.m. for practice at 6:30 a.m.. After practice is over she goes to breakfast then hits the library before class at 10 a.m.. When class is over, Catelyn gets some work done, has dinner, and then continues to do her work. As Friday approaches, she wakes up early again at 6:15 a.m. to get ready for practice from 7-9 a.m. and then goes to class for the rest of the day, then finally gets some down time and attends another team dinner. After dinner, Catelyn gets to socialize and hangout with her roommates and watch a movie. On Saturday, Catelyn wakes up at 8:30 a.m. to attend her sorority’s initiation of new members; then it’s off to breakfast before her swim meet against Gettysburg College. During the meet, she swam the 100-meter backstroke and the 400-meter free relay. Catelyn said, “The meet went really well! It was really exciting. The girls all had great swims and dropped time. Watching and cheering for the boys was very exciting as it came down to the last relay where Gettysburg took the meet. Everyone worked really hard and it was all around a great day.” On Sunday, Catelyn was up early helping with the AOII Queen of the Roses 5K. After it was over, she took a nap, did work, went to dinner, and did more work for the rest of the night. Finally, on Monday morning, November 10th, Catelyn is back at it again going to practice, attending classes, and doing work. Just one week in the life of a college athlete is busier and more tiring than that of an average student. By taking a look at what a normal day consists of for an athlete, we are able to see the resilience that is required, and see the reverence they deserve. Catelyn is a perfect example of how to properly balance school, work, practice, and a social life. With all that she has to do and her ability to maintain her schedule, Catelyn is a role model for both college athletes and non-athletes.

Brooke Harig

Staff Photographer

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