19 Aug Soccer Girl Diaries
Balancing a college sport, undergraduate academic requirements, and friend-making is incredibly hard. Do not be surprised to receive a tearful call home once a week…for 4 years. We don’t know what we’re doing just as much as you don’t know. That being said, here are the 5 best thing my parents did to help me tackle Year #1:
- A snack-bag after games. Gatorade and candy are just as popular at 20 as they were at 10.
- Words of encouragement before words of advice. We are told what to do 3 hours/day. It’s nice to hear that we’re freaking awesome sometimes.
- DON’T ALLOW US TO COME HOME DURING PRESEASON. This forces us to make friends although maybe not with you.
- Paying for our books. When school starts it becomes apparent that college coaches prioritize sport over school. Paying for our books is a statement of generosity that reminds us why we’re there in the first place.
- Being overly present, available, and supportive during injuries. Serving time on the “Injured Reserve” (I. R.) is the loneliest period in a student-athlete’s career. It’s easy to feel nonexistent when you’re no longer an asset.
No matter what happens the first people we will thank on senior night will be you guys. Thank you for all the extra hours you’ve put into getting us here. We couldn’t have done it with out you.