Now that classes have started back and the stress has piled back on, we need a good laugh. It's pretty funny to think about which Vines correspond to our majors. I understand that some were left off, but I tried to get as many as I could. Here's something funny to help kickstart the semester.
The season is by far the most exciting time of the year. Big plays, good memories, traveling new places, and winning championships... But yet another promise is that season is also exhausting.
You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...
But remember that this season of your life doesn't last forever. Remind yourself why you play.
You play this sport because you love the game. You love the competition, you love your teammates and the friendships that you've formed, you love the lessons you learn aside from the physical aspect.
So each day, continue to choose the game.
It's not easy. But if it was, everyone would do it. But discomfort is where progress happens.
Quit dreading practices, quit wishing for rain, quit complaining about conditioning, and quit taking for granted a busy schedule that is literally made just for you. Tens of thousands of young girls and boys would do anything to be in the position (literally) that you are in. Take advantage of being a role model to those young kids who think the world of you.
Freshmen, this is what you have wanted for so long. Take advantage of the newness, take advantage of the advice, encouragement, and constructive criticism that your older teammates give you. Soak it all in, four years goes by really quickly.
Sophomores, you now know how it works. Be confident in your abilities, yet continue to learn and grow mentally and in your position.
Juniors, prepare to take the lead. Use this season to, of course, continue to sharpen your skill, but also recognize that you're over halfway done, so mentally and physically ready yourself to take the seniors' lead next year.
Seniors, this is it. Your last year of playing the sport that you love. Be a good leader, motivate, and leave your mark on the program in which you have loved for so long. Encourage the athletes behind you to continue the traditions and standards set by the program. Lay it all on the field, leave it all on the court, and leave your program better than you found it.
Take the season one day at a time and, each day, make it your goal to get better. Get better for your team, for you pushing yourself makes everyone else work even harder. So even if you don't get a lot of playing time, make your teammates better by pushing yourself so hard that they have no other choice than to push themselves too. And when a team has every single player pushing themselves to the max, success happens.
Take advantage of this time with your teammates and coaches, for they won't be your teammates and coaches forever.
No matter what year you are and no matter what your role is this season... GROW. You are an integral part of your team and your program.
At Elon University, we are given the option to take a winter term class that is included in our tuition. Our break begins as soon as we finish our last final, and ends, if we take j-term, in early January.
For this j-term, I took a class called Education and Society that fundamentally changed how I see teaching and education. I spend 15-20 hours a week as a student teacher in a classroom near Elon, and although I have experience working with younger, elementary children before, I did not understand the full extent of what being a teacher means until I was forced to spend three hours a day for over three weeks talking about education and society.
I have listened to innumerable podcasts and read countless articles about exactly what it means to be a teacher in today's society. However, it is impossible to understand how we got to where we are today without looking at the history of education in the United States.
Almost everyone learned about the Brown V. Board of Education decision in middle school and high school, yet it wasn't until I took this class that I realized the decision isn't as pivotal in education and society as it is made out to be. The specific language used in the decision is very racially charged, and integration was not mandated following the decision. More problems came to light surrounding white parents and the possibility of education resources for black children. Although children are an important foundation for education, the teachers are the foundation without which education cannot exist. No one thought to discuss the impact of Brown. V Board of Education on the teachers, and the impact that the decision still has today.
My classroom is part of an A+ school, which means they integrate art into almost all aspects of the day. My kids are amazing, and I can see the passion for learning in their eyes when we are teaching. But many children have parents who are low-income, and many simply do not continue to prioritize education when their child gets home. I know how I felt about education while I was growing up, but to see education from a teacher's perspective completely changes my view on what education means. Many of the children in my class face obstacles that I cannot fathom, and through my class, I have been absolutely heartbroken about what some children in the United States face outside of school.