Hey Nova Nation! My name is Kendall Ohman, and I am a junior outfielder majoring in Finance and minoring in Accountancy. The purpose of my blog post today is to share my experience in balancing academics, athletics, and social life and give some advice based on what I have learned.
Playing a Division I sport is an incredible opportunity and tons of fun, but like all great things, it is a major time commitment. Not only do we have practice, lift, conditioning, and sometimes games throughout the week, many girls also do extra work outside of what is required of them to better their game. Although we are extremely blessed to have the opportunity to play the game we love, we do run into one problem: time. There is only so much of it in a day, and with our seemingly countless responsibilities, it can be a bit of a challenge.
Being a Villanovan, it is somewhat of an unwritten rule to be involved in many extra-curricular activities. Although being so active on campus may appear exhausting to someone on the outside looking in, the opposite is actually true. Students at Villanova embrace their commitments and are energized by them. Personally, I am involved in many extra activities. Aside from softball, I am on the executive board for Mergers and Acquisitions society, am in Athletics Leadership Institute and am a peer tutor for both VSB and athletics.
Although it is great to be involved with organizations outside of the classroom, academics must always hold precedent. It is important to not only attend class, but to also participate. If you can, sit in the front two rows and reach out to those around you for help studying. Managing course load is also a major part of being successful at Villanova. Currently, I am a project manager in my Competitive Effectiveness class, which is essentially a 6-credit 10-person group project. Had I attempted to take on this course while in our spring season, I would not have been able to accept a role with so much responsibility.
When school, softball, and other extra curricular activities keep you so busy, it is sometimes hard to remember to have fun. The most difficult part of managing your time is finding the balance of spending time with friends and not letting your social life interfere with your other responsibilities. I am lucky to have incredible friends who are motivated and push me to be the best I can be. They understand when I need to spend time doing work and when I could use a break.
There is no easy way to find the balance of managing college life as a student-athlete, but I would not want to have it any other way. Embrace the grind. Work hard. Have fun. And if you want something, make it happen.