I have the privilege of not only running a first year student transition to college course, but I also teach a section teaching a section as well each fall. This year I am teaching a student athlete class. I was nervous because athletics requires these D1 athletes to take the course and I was unsure of what their attitudes would be.
THANKFULLY all 22 of them are awesome. I have students from: M&W volleyball, M basketball, W Lacrosse, M Golf, M&W soccer, W rowing. Some of my students are from other countries like like Gabon in Africa, Spain, and Germany. While others are from all over the US like NC, GA, NY, PA, FL.
I was never a HS or college athlete although I always played sports in some capacity since I’m a competitive person by name. I was excited to bring my adult athletic triumphs to the table.
I’ve taught this course the past 3 years and you always adapt it to your students, but I found myself subconsciously really feeling like a coach as I talked to them about academic and student success. I think this will be a good approach for them and one they will respond to. These students know all about hard work and goal setting. I’m excited to help them transfer those parts of themselves to school and on the flip side I’m excited to learn from them as well.
I also told them I plan on coming to one of each of their games/meets this year. I haven’t been to a sporting event at this university in my almost 2.5 years here (shame on me), but I’m excited to cheer for someone I know, that’s another reason I wanted to teach these students.
Looking forward to a great semester with them and I expect that I will be writing about them on here regularly.