Transitioning From High School Athlete To College Fresh Meat

Transitioning From High School Athlete To College Fresh Meat

From lots of activity to a lot of inactivity


In high school, I was involved with many things. A few of those things being sports. I'm mentioning sports because now that I don't have them in my life I've noticed a few things. Those few things include: my drab body, a lack of team bonds, the loss of the feeling of nervous excitement, and my sickeningly pale skin. All of these factored into my high school life and now my college life in their own ways.

Okay, so listen, I know my body is perfectly fine, but let me tell you it's been better. I played volleyball from 7th grade to my senior year of high school. I also did track and field from 9th grade to 12th grade. All the running and jumping did wonders for me. I could actually do active things without dying. I love that now when I'm walking up stairs to get to class I'm out of breath when I go to sit in the classroom. I just ABSOLUTELY love that! On a real note though, I wasn't anything too special in the sports I played so I couldn't continue with them in college. I know what you're saying, "Just go to the gym." Who do you think I am? I can't do that, nor do I really have the time to do it enough that there will be any sort of results. Sports were just a lot easier in high school than college, that's a very obvious fact.

Something I really miss about sports is the bond that comes with them. In volleyball, there had to be some sort of connection with the players for there to be good results in the game. A lot of communicating goes on on the court. I made amazing friendships through sports in general. There was a chance to become friends with people in your grade and other grades in a great setting. That can happen at college as well, but the settings aren't always as great and there isn't the same kind of team bond that comes with sports.

With volleyball, there was excitement, but not so much nervousness. A lot of nervousness came with track and field. It is literally impossible to duplicate this feeling with anything else. The mixture of nervous and excitement is crazy. It's like you wanna throw up, but you also want to win everything right then and there. In 9th and 10th grade, when I wasn't lazy and actually ran track events and didn't just jump in sand and throw things in the ground, I would get this feeling all the time right before the races began. I miss this feeling a lot. It makes me miss the sports even more.

Track and field is an outside sport. I was obviously outside for it a lot. The sun was beating on me constantly and that caused me to have a skin tone that didn't make me look like a ghost. I am pale, like pale pale. Being outside so much made my skin look healthy and normal. The obvious solution to this in college would be just to go out in the sun, but I can't just do that. What I mean by that is I would need to stay out there for extended periods of time pretty much everyday and I don't have the time for that. Yes, I could go to a tanning bed, but I would enjoy not risking skin cancer. I also could fake tan, but I think I'd look better as a ghost than an orange flavored popsicle.

Physically, I was a much better person in high school. This is all really because of sports. Sports are just easier in high school and offer a lot of benefit. They offer even more benefit in college than in high school, but when you go from playing two sports to none it really catches up to you. I'm sure I will get used to all these things eventually, but while I am still in my freshman year of college I will continually think about how much more fit I was as a high schooler.

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We used to call it "flipping the switch." You would go through eight hours of school (somehow) and then your mentality would automatically change. The worries and stress from the school day would dwindle as you put on your cleats and begin to warm up. Anything that was going on in your life didn't matter when you hit the dirt. You create lifelong friendships with the girls you spent every day with for months at a time. Teammates who see you susceptible after a bad game and on cloud nine after one of your bests.

You develop a routine and superstitions. Hitting your bat on the inside of your cleat before you hit, chewing a certain type of gum on the volleyball court, how many times you spin the ball before you shoot a free throw, whatever your quirk was, you 100% believed it would make you play better. You practice in your free time with your dad, devote three to five months of your school year to a team, and play all summer long with your travel team as you live off hotel breakfast. Then one day, it's all over.

It is a feeling that nobody can prepare you for. They say enjoy it while it lasts but you never really understand what you'll be walking away from when you play your last game and hang it up for good. You lose a part of yourself when you're no longer an athlete. I forgot what it feels like to be competitive and be a part of something that is bigger than myself. It has been two years since I've played my last softball game and not a day goes by when I don't miss it. I didn't play because I wanted to go pro or even to the collegiate level, but I played because it was an escape and helped me become who I am.

You begin to forget what it felt like to hit the sweet spot on a bat, what it sounded like to have an audience cheer for you as you stand alone on second base and see your family in the stands, to hear the metal spikes of your cleats on concrete when walking in the dugout. It's simple things about the game you love that brought you pure joy and an escape from the world and the thoughts in your head. Batting practice was always mine. Focusing on nothing but the next pitch and how hard I could hit it.

When you have to watch the game from the other side of the fence, you realize how much pressure you put on yourself when you played. It's just a game. Make as many memories as you can and enjoy every inning because when you leave sports behind you have to find your inner athlete in other things. Create a workout routine, joining a club sport or intramurals, or even becoming a coach. As much as I miss the sport, I am thankful for everything it brought me. It taught me how to be a good friend, respect others around me, and to push myself to discover what I was capable of.

So, enjoy it while it lasts.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo And Christian Yelich Have Put Milwaukee Back On The Map

Two small market teams making sure the world knows who they are


"MVP" is currently being chanted around the city of Milwaukee and the people of Milwaukee aren't just talking about one person. Giannis Antetokounmpo, a forward for the Milwaukee Bucks and Christian Yelich, an outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. Giannis is on the path to winning this year's NBA MVP and Yelich, who happened to win the NL MVP last year, is showing no doubts on potentially becoming this year's MVP as well.

Both the Bucks and the Brewers have struggled in the past few years. The Bucks finished their 2013-2014 season with a record of 15-67. On top of that, they have been playing in the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the past couple of decades. The Bradley Center was intentionally built for hockey and not basketball so attending games for the Bucks sometimes had you in the nosebleeds barely seeing what was going on on the court. The Bucks struggled after their 2013-2014 season with records of 41-41 (2014-2015) and 33-49 (2015-2016). Now, the Bucks have recently finished their regular season and moved to the playoffs. From 15-67 just five years ago, to now 60-22 which gave them the best record in the NBA, the number one seed in the East and home-court advantage, Giannis has proved himself as potentially one of the greatest players the NBA and the Bucks franchise will ever see.

The Bucks now have a new arena that opened this season, Fiserv Forum, which is built specifically for the Bucks (and Marquette) instead of hockey. Looking back on the Bucks in their previous years compared to now, the Bucks have sold out every single game this season. Something Milwaukee never thought they would see from being a small market team. From my experience, while working for the Bucks, you can see the difference in the crowd and feel their enthusiasm and excitement radiating off of the fans. And this is all thanks to Mr. Antetokounmpo who is making his mark here in Milwaukee. Giannis has won Eastern Conference Player of the Month for October/November, December, February and March/April and even earned his spot as Eastern Conference captain for the All-Star game this year. Giannis may be considered in his prime right now, but he is only 24-years-old which means he has plenty of time to only make himself better.

The Brewers had won the NL Central Divison back in 2011 but lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. After that, they struggled a bit and haven't won the title since until last year in 2018. He brought the Brewers to the NLCS last season, but unfortunately, they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yelich had 36 home runs last season and already has eight (as of 4/16/19) this season. He happens to be a great right fielder as well. In last night's (4/15/19) game against the Cardinals, Yelich alone scored three home runs.

Miller Park has been filling up more and more each game of Brewers fans. Being a small market team like their cross-city friends, the Bucks, bringing home an MVP title as well as a division title, it makes everyone aware of their greatness and dedication. The season may have just started back up again, but there is no doubt, if Yelich and his teammates keep playing like they are right now, they will have another shot of making it to the World Series.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Christian Yelich have brought and will continue to bring excitement and greatness to Milwaukee which is something the city hasn't seen in a while. This era of sports will surely be remembered for a long time by the people of Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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