The Life of a College Athlete

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The Life of a College Athlete - Keenan Gorski

Hey Panther fans, hope you are all well and ready for your upcoming seasons.

My name is Keenan Gorski and I a™m a freshman at Queens College in New York and just wanted to share my college experience with you guys just as Leigh has, hopefully you a™ll get another perspective from a different college. Currently we are in season and our record is 4 losses and 2 wins. Our team consists of 6 freshmen and 3 transfers from other schools, with a total of 9 new players to our roster for this year. After a shaky start we are finally getting on track and learning to play with each other. We are coming off a win so hopefully we can keep the momentum going forward. We have yet to play any conference games yet, our first conference game begins in a weeks time. My typical week whilst in season is as follows

Monday/Thursday:

6:30am: Wake up, get ready and have a nutritional breakfast to make sure I have enough energy for training and the day.

7:30am: Leave my dorm. Ride my bike for 15 mins to college

7:45am: Treatment in the recovery room (heating and strengthening ankles as well as heating and treating my back pain) 8:20am: Begin stretching for practise as a team.

8:30am: Practise begins. We practise 6 days a week for 3-3.5 hours a day. During practise we do transition offends drills, many defensive drills (close outs, help and recover etc.), we go through our offences; scrimmage and finally scouting report (go through how we are going to defend every player and every play that the opposition is going to try and run against us).

11:30: Cool down stretching as a team and after practise speech. We have an award for most consistent player in practise for the day which is handed out by the previous player who won it the day before. 12:00-12:40pm: Weight room, squats, bench press or deadlift with other exercises.

12:40-1:00: Back to the recovery room to ice any niggling injuries and get treatment on my back and ankles.

1:00-1:30pm: I have a shower and go get lunch before my classes start. 1:40-2:55pm: Class 3:00-4:50pm: Class 5:00-6:00pm: Mandatory study session for athletes

6:30-9:20pm: Class

10:00pm: Get home, maybe study a little longer or watch a tv series before bed.

Tuesday/Wednesday:

6:30am: Wake up and get ready.

7:30am: Leave my dorm. Ride my bike for 15 mins to college

7:45am: Treatment in the recovery room 8:20am: Begin stretching for practise as a team.

8:30am: Practise begins.

11:30: Cool down stretching/speech/consistent award.

12:00pm: Recovery room 1:00-2:00pm: In the gym to get up shots by myself.

2:20pm: Get lunch 3:10-4:25pm: Class 5:00-6:00pm: Mandatory study session

6:30-10:00pm: Hang out with friends, do homework, watch tv or get up more shots. Saturday:

6:30am: Wake up and get ready. 7:30am: Leave my dorm. Ride my bike for 15 mins to college

7:45am: Treatment in the recovery room 8:20am: Begin stretching for practise as a team.

8:30am: Practise begins. 11:30: Cool down stretching/speech/consistent award.

12:00pm: Recovery room 1:00-2:00pm: In the gym to get up shots by myself.

2:20pm: Get lunch

3:00-10:00pm: Rest of the day off. I can do homework, hang out with friends, take a nap or watch tv.

Sunday: Game day (4:00pm game for example)

11:00am-12:00pm: Shoot around with the team in preparation for the game.

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch and recovery room.

1:30-2:30pm: Watch film on the opposition to work out their tendencies.

2:30-3:00pm: Get changed into uniform, recovery room again if needed.

3:00-4:00pm: Warm up for the game.

4:00-5:30pm: GAME TIME

6:00-6:20pm: Post game speech

6:30-6:45pm: Go upstairs to the gym and show some love to the supporters.

7:00-10:00pm: Relax, homework, watch tv or hang out with friends

 

Then the week starts again.

 

Throughout my first semester there has many exciting things including playing UCONN (a high level division 1 team) and most recently Enes Kanter filmed a commercial in our gym and lockeroom. Although juggling basketball, academic and social commitments at times is difficult, if you work hard, stay ahead in your schoolwork and love what you are doing then college will be the best time of your life. We try to watch all the other sports play when we can as it is important to have school spirit and support others as others are supporting us too.

I hope everyone gets an insight to the life of a college basketball athlete and the athletic and academic demands we face. If you want to hear more about Queens College and anymore about the season follow myself or Queens College in the following ways.

Instagram:

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You will be hearing from me again soon. Just remember hard work is the key to success.

 

Keenan Gorskis #21



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