Athens, OH 7 December 2015 –
As a senior in high school my thoughts about being an engineering student were quite clouded and pretty skewed. I could picture myself buried in the library with large books on the desk and not having any time for anything other than studying. I came to the realization that this is not an accurate picture of what college looks like as an engineering student nor is it healthy to be so focused on studies and not actually enjoying where you are in your life.
I do study often for my classes but not to the point where I don’t have time for anything else. As a senior in engineering I’ve found myself involved in many different things that I really enjoy doing outside of engineering.
Currently I am coaching a third- and fourth-grade coed basketball team through the local church I attend. I have practice on Monday evenings and games on Saturday mornings.
My team unfortunately is named the Wolverines (after the Marvel comic and not the college football team). There are two girls and five boys and coaching them is a blast.
I played basketball throughout my life and it is a passion of mine, so getting to share my passion with these kids is quite rewarding. The players come from vary different backgrounds and homes and it is often apparent in their behavior. Because of this, my favorite part of coaching arises, getting to love on the kids. It is two hours a week that I get to show the kids that they are valuable and awesome! I get to run around with them and be a kid all over again.
So, if you are coming into college, be ready to do some studying but also be ready to have some fun and really enjoy where you are!