A Day in the Life of Student-Athletes at Utah State University – 2010

A Day in the Life of Student-Athletes at Utah State University – 2010

October 10, 2019 36 By Stanley Isaacs


{music} {music} Welcome to Utah State University, your home for the next few years. You’re starting a new and exciting life here at USU, and although some of you have been here for a few weeks, today, your life as an Aggie truly begins. Over the next few weeks and months, you will come to understand what it’s really like to be a Division 1 student athlete. The most important thing is you need to survive. Survive the early morning weights, survive learning a new system and the practices. Survive being awake in classes when all you want to do is sleep. Survive the academic rigor you will encounter. Survive the physicality of your sport at this level. Survive, then excel, and always remember, you have to be a student first. Finally, seek out help from those around you, whether it’s a teammate, your coach, your sports counselor, or anyone in the athletics department. You’re not in this alone. Coming up is what you can expect in being a Division 1 student athlete at Utah State. Go Aggies! {music} {music} {music} {music} {music} {music} {music} I literally just work up 25 minutes ago, and we are at weights. We have this every Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m., and or course you just gotta do it. I mean, we used to have the 6 a.m. slot The weights benefit so much whether you’re on the field, on the court, it transfers a ton, so you gotta make sure you work hard as you can, do everything you can, just push yourself. And as I said before, gotta go hard or go home. {music} {music} So I just got done study hall just printing off a couple of papers, and now I’m headed over to the marketplace to go eat. It’s where people who live on campus and have meal plans eat. We like to laugh, we like to tease each other alot. We like to make jokes we like to pull pranks on each other, like the salt. {laughing} We’re just really loud all the time, a lot of time people see our best, and I just love being Utah State because I love my teammates. {music} You’re always driving off to practice kind of a hectic day, some days are like that, you’re kind of going full speed and you just gotta plan your day out and make sure you’re organizing everything and make sure also that by the time you practice you’ve got energy. Practice was great today hit a lot of balls, a lot of drills, uh, worked on the footwork, and just trying to stay sharp with our timing and play a lot of points to get ready for our matches. So, I did a lot of sweating. I’m breathing pretty heavy, we worked pretty hard out here, so that’s a wrap for today. Gonna go home, take a good shower, relax for a little bit. {music} {music} So that’s my favorite class for this semester. As you probably can see, Mr. Leiker’s a pretty cool teacher so uh, I enjoy going to his class, it’s just a little long, but it’s ok. There’s an hour and fifteen minutes knocked out, sociology. And now I’m just gonna go grab a snack or something and I gotta be at physical therapy, uh, probably in the next, you know, ten or fifteen minutes. So lets go. {music} {music} So that was physical therapy, a nice hard, long day. Takes a few hours. Tore my ACL in January, so that’s the reason why I’m in physical therapy, but these guys been taking care of me ever since. Great facilities I’ve been able to use. and uh, you know, so they’ve been helping me out. {music} {music} This seriously is one of the toughest classes on campus. It’s hard, it’s hard to pay attention, she goes way too fast, I take at least three to four pages of notes a day. It’s a hard hard class. {music} {music} So I just met with the director of compliance, Jake, because I just got a job for the summer, and as student athletes we’re required to fill out forms. And he reminded me that as student athletes we’re not allowed to accept any freebies, such as free spa treatments or hair cuts, for being a student athlete. So any time I have any questions like that, I always talk to Jake. A lot of times as an athlete, you’re not going to have enough time to eat, so this is what I do, I snack all day long. Normally I’ll have had classes all day, and go straight to practice, so snacking’s the best way to go. As you can tell I’m on the bus right now getting ready to go to therapy, so I gotta sneak in a little something to eat before I pass out in the pool, which probably wouldn’t be too good. {music} Right before class, we’re meeting with our group, to just go over our presentation, um, with a guy in the computer lab, so he’s talking about some of our slides, to make sure we got it all working good, working smooth for the actual presentation. So, should be fun. Alright, so we just got done with our presentation, it went well, it was really cool to apply all those business principles and do a project because you really learn a lot. {music} So I’m here to meet with J.T., my academic athletic adviser. to talk about my fall schedule, and he gave me some tips on some tutors to take and some classes that I need to check out, so, yeah. For the first part of this practice, what I’ll do is I’ll start off what’s called the transitional rehab. Later on in practice, comes together after after the individual drills, they’ll come together as a team. Once they do that, that’s when I’ll, you know, come out of the transitional rehab, and I’ll go and I’ll help out some of the freshmen and sophomores who don’t quite know the offense all the way. {music} We are at the Laub Athletics Academic Complex,. So lets go check it out. {music} It has free wi-fi here, it’s nice and quiet. You can get whatever you need to done. I’ve been here before with an anatomical kinesiology tutor, which saved my butt, I ended up getting a B+ in the class when I easily could have failed it. So this is a great place to study. {music} Here we are at the George Nelson fieldhouse, getting ready for the Relay for Life. What we’re doing it’s a fund-drive for cancer research, so we’re setting up a booth inside. We’re all excited for this, we’re going to be here from 6 p.m. until 8 in the morning. There’s the, the Utah State girls walking by, got a letterman jacket. So this is just another part about being a student athlete, you know, is coming out on a Friday night, umm, hanging out all night doing service for others. {music} {music} The Whitesides award is to recognize the student athletes that have excelled not only out on the court but also in the classroom, and I got to be one of the recipients this year. The event went over really well It was a lot of fun to be here, see all the athletes. It’s fun to see everyone here, dressed up, receiving their awards that they have worked so hard for, and this really is the embodiment of a student athlete, is showing the accomplishments that we’re able to do in the field, on the floor, the court, every where else, and also be able to excel in the classroom. {music} {music} {music} {music} {music} {music} {music} {music} {crowd cheering} I believe that we will win, I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win, I believe that we will win…