These College Bowling thoughts are brought to you by Kenzie Hollamon, 20, a Freshman at Calumet College of Saint Joseph. Kenzie is studying English with a focus in literature and creative writing. She previously attended a community college in Washington state on a women’s soccer scholarship.

Entering the world of college athletics is a wonderfully terrifying experience, it entails many hours of hard work on and off the lanes, dedication, and perseverance. As a student-athlete myself I’ve come across some tactics and strategies to take full advantage of my time as both a student and an athlete.

  1. Time Management – Finding a schedule that works for all the aspects you are trying to take on during this experience is key. You have 24 hours in the day, make the most of those hours doing things that are beneficial to your growth as an individual.
  2. Organization – Having your schedule laid out in front of you every day will help you keep hold of your head. It’s extremely easy to become overwhelmed balancing classes, practices, and workouts having a schedule written down can help you stay calm and less stressed.
  3. Motivation – The drive to become a well-educated individual has to equal the drive to become the best athlete you can be.
  4. Take a Breath – Overloading your schedule is easy, take a step back and breath, don’t lose your sanity trying to do too much at once.
  5. Priorities – Remember you are a student before an athlete, education and classes must be your number on priority.
  6. Have Fun – Remember to have fun, in such serious situations such as college athletics you can lose your head and the “why” you’re doing this in the first place. Remember why you started this journey.
  7. Positive Mindset – You are your biggest competitor, trying to keep a positive mindset is easier said than done but the attempt alone can make your mind change from doubt to inspiration.
  8. Environment – Find other individuals that have the same drive and ambitions as you, surrounding yourself with other inspired people will create an environment ready for growth and improvements.

Overall remember to enjoy the experience, make the most out of everything that comes your way with the opportunity of being a student-athlete. Take a step back when things start to become overwhelming to you, don’t feel obligated to overload your schedule, allow yourself to breathe.