I learned quite a few things over the course of my first season of collegiate lacrosse, so, of course, I decided to make a list. Read on.
- Only worry about the things you can control. Seriously. So much of your life depends on other people, so put most of your effort into the things that fall solely under your jurisdiction (like effort, attitude, etc.)
- Be okay with being challenged. Not everything will come easily or naturally to you. Embrace it, and rise up.
- Take time to breathe. Playing a sport in college is stressful, no doubt about it. Make sure you’re making time for yourself.
- Put in extra work. Yes, I know we just talked about the whole breathing thing, but you also have to take it upon yourself to put in extra hours on the turf. Whether you’re working with a coach or by yourself, get your reps in.
- Put time into relationships, especially with your teammates. You’re going to spend a lot of time with them – time that will be exceptionally enjoyable if you’re all friends.
- With that said, make sure you also have relationships outside of your sport. It’s a lot easier to vent about your coach or playing time to your volleyball-playing roommate rather than to a teammate.
- Above all else, appreciate where you’re at. I don’t mean “get complacent,” but whenever you feel overwhelmed, just think about where you are. Not a lot of athletes get the chance to play at the collegiate level. You do. Enjoy it.
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