Personally, being a student-athlete is one of my favorite parts of college. I love the feeling of succeeding with my team.
The hard work and dedication is worth it because I love the people around me. Recently my coach asked us to come up with our “what and why,” or in other words; what we want to accomplish this season and why we want to do it and why we want to swim. For some people, this assignment was challenging, but my “why” was simple. I do it because I don’t just work hard for myself anymore, I work hard for thirty other people as well. I work hard for my teammates who are constantly pushing and motivating me, my coaches, and for my family. I take so much pride in being a student athlete; I have gained so much already in a year and a half of college swimming that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.