Juggling Two Completely Separate Lives

Juggling Two Completely Separate Lives

Dealing with walking in and out of what sometimes feels like two lives.

Dartmouth often advertises the “D-plan,” a schedule that gives students the opportunity to customize their own academic calendars and take off at various points throughout the year in order to pursue other life experiences. Many students have conflicting thoughts about the D-plan because while Dartmouth can feel like home, it can also be difficult to maintain relationships and stability when students are always leaving. Every winter term I take a break from my life as a student and step back into my life as a professional ski racer. While I am incredibly grateful for both of these aspects of my life, I sometimes find it difficult to bridge the gap between what seems to feel like two separate worlds.

Every time I leave school in the fall I have mixed emotions. On one hand I am incredibly excited to walk back into my life as an athlete. I love getting to see all of my teammates, spending all day outside in the beautiful mountains, traveling the world, and challenging myself to be better than I was yesterday. On the other hand, I am always so upset leaving school because it’s terrifying to think that while I’m off chasing my dreams on the snow, my life at school will continue on without me. What kinds of fun things are my friends up to? Will they even remember me when I get home? What little, funny things am I missing in their lives?

At the end of the winter I tend to have similar emotions when I walk away from my life as an athlete and step right back into my role as a student. I miss my teammates, having a single focus of being the best athlete I can be, and being physically exhausted instead of mentally burnt out. Not to mention how terrifying it is knowing that all of my competitors only have one life to juggle. Most of my competitors ski all year around, whereas I can only ski when I am not taking classes. I step back into my role as a student, terrified that in the last four months everything has changed, and somehow I always manage to pick up right where I left off. Everything just fits, like puzzle pieces.

I often joke that I have two completely separate lives and in many aspects that’s true. My friends at Dartmouth won’t ever really understand all the components and people that have molded me into the athlete I am. Similarly, my teammates and coaches will never quite understand the work that goes in to being an Ivy League student. What does make my two lives collide is how they have both shaped my character in such drastic ways. I have learned time and time again to work hard, to challenge myself, to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, and to stay humble. I have had so many people walk into my life who have inspired me to be a better version of myself. Whether that be mentors, coaches, peers, or professors, I am so incredibly lucky to have people in my life who believe in my dreams and goals more than I believe in them myself. My friends want me to succeed and they want to understand the different components of my life which gives me so much respect for them because of how genuine they all are. Even though we don’t always see each other, I am confident that the people who belong in my life are here to stay. So while it can be difficult to have what sometimes feels like two completely separate lives, I take comfort in knowing that each part of my life has shaped me into the person I am now and has set me up to be successful in the future.

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17 Hidden Gems At Ohio State

It's a big campus, there are always cool places that very few people know about

With a campus as big as Ohio State's, there are so many different places to study and hang out with friends. There are also so many places that people don't know exist that are so beautiful or just a good place to study.

1. The Wexner Center for the Arts and Heirloom Cafe

While the Wexner is a fairly well-known place on campus and in the Columbus area, a lot of people don't know that students can get in for free and that the exhibits rotate every semester. The attached cafe serves unique and healthier foods than most places on campus; however, they don't accept the OSU meal plan.

2. Orton Hall

This unsuspecting building not only houses the bells but it is also home to the geology museum and library. This rarely visited place on campus has full fossils of a couple animals, not just gemstones.

3. Sullivant Hall

Home to both the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and the Barnett Theatre that hosts dance performances, Sullivant Hall has a ton of great opportunities to see the arts in action. In addition to these two attractions, there are also great study spots, and it is fairly empty most of the time.

4. The Ohio Union Study Rooms

Everyone knows where the Union is, but there are a ton of rooms that many people don't know exist, like the study area near the Resource Room and the study lounge on the third floor. Sure, it's one of the most populated places on campus, but there are places where it can seem more private

5. Basement of SEL

Even people who frequently study in SEL don't know that the basement exists. There are classrooms made especially for studying, and there are also a lot of tables that make it a good meeting spot on campus.

6. The Drake Performance Center

This building is out on west campus near the towers, and if you're not a theatre major/minor, odds are you've never felt the need to spend time there. However, the main floor looks out over the Olentangy, and the Department of Theatre puts on most of their shows there.

7. Fine Arts Library

Tucked back in the Wexner Center for the Arts area, unless you're an art major, you probably have never visited it. If you can find it, then you can have space essentially all to yourself.

8. Eleventh Floor of Thompson

While it's not so hidden, the eleventh floor of Thompson is one of the places that have the best view of campus. It's a good place to study and a way to see campus from a new angle.

9. Buckeye Grove

A good place to hang out on West Campus when the weather is nice, it's also the way that the Heisman trophy winners of Ohio State are honored on campus.

10. Chadwick Arboretum

A part of Agriculture campus, the arboretum is not only a beautiful place on campus, but it also teaches students about the different types of trees and plants on campus.

11. Curl Market's Upstairs Dining Room

Sometimes you don't want to study in a library, but you also don't want to eat in a place like Scott where they are a ton of people and noise. Curl's Dining Room has floor to ceiling windows, and it normally pretty empty and reasonably quiet.

12. Biological Sciences Library

If you're looking for a library that is practically always empty, Bio Sciences is for you. It's located on Med campus, so there are fewer people there in general, and there are very few that are studying there all the time.

13. The Columbus Coffee Trail

Near campus up and down High Street, there are tons of coffees shops, so many so that they made it a game to try and visit every single one. Sure, you probably have your favorite, but there are so many in the area and they all have their own charm.

14. Olentangy River Trail

Right out behind the Towers, there is a trail that gives you a chance to get off campus, while still staying close. It's a way to spend time outside and exploring a new part of campus.

15. The Planetarium

The Planetarium is housed in one of the classroom buildings, Smith Lab, and there are different shows about the night sky. It is a wonderful resource on campus but one that not many people know about.

16. The North Market

While it's far from campus, North Market is a good place to visit if you want to try something new or have a large group of people who don't know what they want to eat. It is one of my favorite places to eat in Columbus, and it's not too terribly far from campus.

17. The Younkin Success Center

While this isn't one of the most fun places on this list, it is one of the most important to students. Not only is this a quiet place to study, there are also so many resources housed here, like student counseling and resume review. There are so many ways to take advantage of the resources on campus.

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4 Atlanta Sports Programs And Their Desire To Break My Heart

As the naive fan I am, I want to provide a false hope when bearing a sense of shame and embarrassment.

My whole life I've pledged allegiance to every professional team that claims Atlanta as home. But unfortunately, as a fan of Atlanta sports, it has become a never-ending wave of disappointment and pain. From the atrocity we call the Atlanta Hawks to the gut-wrenching losses of the Falcons, it hasn't been the smoothest ride for Atlanta sports fans.

But as the naive fan, I want to provide a false hope when bearing a sense of shame and embarrassment. So I'm going to do just that! I'm going to present to you why I cry every time these teams are on television.

1. The Atlanta Braves

The best thing about the Braves is that it's one of the few teams in sports that don't have a racist logo with an American Indian moniker. Other than that, the Braves are in the dreaded rebuild process. And nobody on this earth knows how long that will take. We made the playoffs in 2012 but lost to the Cards. The Braves is one the longest tenured teams in Atlanta's history and there has been a lot of talent to take us to the promise land. But deep down I long for a dynasty like the Yankees or the Giants. Unfortunately, we're using the farm system as a crutch and are hoping for the best.

2. The Atlanta Hawks

I remember the month where the Hawks starting five were named the players of the month back in 2015. At that time, Atlanta was finally a force in the eastern conference and LeBron James didn't seem so scary. Well, LeBron James turned out to be very scary in his return back to Cleveland and single-handedly destroyed a franchise's, and my, hopes and dreams. We had a failed experiment with Dwight Howard whose specific style of game is going extinct and we had a lackluster run at the draft in recent years. At this point, I'm totally fine with tanking so we can draft the next generation of superstars to Atlanta. As long as I don't feel guilty when I cry in the newly renovated Philips Arena...

3. Atlanta United

The newest sports franchise to call Atlanta home. But coming out the gates in their inaugural season, Atlanta United proved that people care about soccer in Atlanta. The franchise set attendance records and even went to the playoffs to only be kicked out by the Columbus Crew. Atlanta United has a bright future and could be the new light in this dark space in the Atlanta sports world.

4. The Atlanta Falcons

Oh, The Atlanta Falcons. I equally love all the sports in Atlanta, but the Falcons toys with my heart the most. In the past five years the regular season has been a new kind of fun, especially since the Michael Vick incident. But on the sad side of things, the playoffs have always ended in disappointment. From Losing in the NFC Championship to the Kaepernick and the 49ers, to earlier this year losing to the eventual super bowl champ Philidelphia Eagles, it's been full of heartbreak. But nothing compares Super Bowl 51 and seeing Tom Brady literally take my heart and throw it down the field to have Julian Edelman catch it.

Atlanta means a lot to me, not just sports but the city as a whole. Growing up these teams were a way I could be represented to the world as someone who cares about a group of people and not just my own self interests. Forever an Atlanta sports fan, I just want to win a championship for the city of Atlanta. But the thing Atlanta can really boast about is Donald Glover and Migos.

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