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Five most common mistakes to avoid

July 4, 2017

Happy July 4th! Around this time of the year, college student-athletes have had the chance to kick back, unwind, and enjoy their summers all over the country.

As summertime continues, the sights of going back to college are coming back up on the horizon. It’s always an exciting time getting ready for college. But now…we’re going to discuss the five most common mistakes that we would like you to avoid!

  1. Sleep schedule. For most student-athletes, being able to kick back at home and enjoy life usually involves sleeping in. This is usually a nice thing to experience once in a while, but it’ll really rock you when the 6:00 a.m. workouts start back up. You’ll need to catch up on your sleep, but keep your sleep schedule consistent with your upcoming academic schedule, so you can adjust your body clock accordingly.
  2. Taking it easy. A full academic year of rigorous training, classwork and competition did take its toll on you. You’ve rested up. But don’t rest on your laurels! It’s tough because you don’t see your teammates often, the competitive atmosphere isn’t the same, and so on. But that’s not an excuse! Seek out talented athletes, training complexes or leagues in the area to keep yourself sharp, fitness- and skill-wise!
  3. Getting out of touch with your teammates. Your teammates are going through the same thing as you—you want to be able to continue building that team culture, the championship culture by remaining in touch with your teammates. Keeping tabs on them in every aspect—training, personal life and so on will help you become a better teammate from afar! It is recommended that you reach out to your new teammates as well! Make them feel welcome, and you’ll be able to get to know them faster as the new year starts.
  4. Not doing your homework. This sounds weird, but brushing up on some of the topics that you’ll be taking courses on this upcoming semester will really help you hit the classroom running! I’ve never been a good math student, but I found that if I looked up formulas, basic concepts and topics within data analysis (when I was about to take it), I felt a lot more prepared for the course load. It helped me stay ahead of things because I knew if I didn’t, I’ll end up spending more time with the tutor, which would have cramped my daily schedule over time.
  5. Not setting your goals early on. It’s imperative to be able to paint a picture of where you want to be, and figure out a game plan how to get there. Make smaller goals on a daily basis, and then as you smash them you’ll build great momentum going into the year. You’ll need to know what you want to do, how you’re going to do it, and how long it’ll take to get there.