The daily grind of a college athlete differs depending on the time of the year. Last week, Quinnipiac Baseball Player Julius Saporito, outlined what a day in his life during the offseason looks like and today, he’s giving us a rundown of his daily, in-season grind. Here’s what a normal day looks like for him, in his own words:
Get those Zzz’s!
A day in the spring consists of waking up a bit later this time because lifts are held in the middle of the day, typically around 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. So I get to sleep in and grab a nice breakfast in the cafeteria or the local breakfast place in town for a nice bacon, egg and cheese wrap and get ready to tackle my day.
The Grind Starts in the Classroom
In the afternoon, I go to class for about two to three hours straight then go back to my dorm or apartment and try to get a nap in for about an hour. After this I head to practice which usually runs from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Then I head to lift for about an hour, hit the locker room for a shower and attend mandatory study hours. I also catch up with athletic advisers and tell them what’s going on in my classes and give them the status of my current assignments. A current topic of our discussions: I have to try my best to fit in meeting up with group members for group projects and presentations in some of my classes–we all have busy schedules!
From there the night consists of catching up on studies, homework, hanging out with friends, playing video games or talking about the season. Finally, I can grab some dinner around 9:00-10:00…rough I know right?
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What About Game Days?
Now that the season has come, I mainly miss classes on Thursdays and Fridays due to the team’s travel schedule so I complete most of my homework assignments early in the week so I don’t have to worry about it later or on the road traveling on the plane or bus. As the season goes on, practices are not as long and lifts are more like a recovery day than heavy strenuous workouts. Plus, I try to make more time for the library since I am not on campus as much to do so. This schedule takes me all the way to the end of May until school ends and I do this every year!
Not All Fun and Games
But just because workouts are lighter doesn’t mean this time of the year is easier–I’m not always mentally there in the classroom when I know I have big games coming up and trying to keep track of everything academically while competing and figuring out ways to improve my play on the field can be a struggle. It wears me out mentally and physically which believes me takes way more of a toll on you than earlier in the year.
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