Millie Switzer

I am a member of the women's soccer team at Angelo State University, and being a student athlete is hard but has its rewards. During the fall semester, we practice six times a week for approximately two hours or less every practice alongside weightlifting sessions twice a week.


Our schedule is ever-changing and tends to be inconsistent. Some struggles I face are scheduling, doing school work, finding time to sleep and maintaining my mental health. Although this sounds hard, it is still an experience worth a lifetime. The best things about being a student athlete are the built-in friends and the ability to stay in shape. 


With such an inconsistent, busy schedule, it is hard to find time for extracurriculars. When you have a mandatory event and practices for a club, it is hard to decide which to go to without making the club leader or your coach mad. Along with scheduling issues, finding the time to do schoolwork is hard. You find yourself choosing between sleep or an assignment. By the time I get home from practice, eat and shower some nights, it is already 10 p.m., and I have to be up at 7 a.m. for my 8 a.m. class the following day. 


Despite these struggles, I am able to have built-in friends that I get to spend so much time with. I have met some of my best friends, and they are such amazing people. Living around people who deal with the same struggles you do helps so much. 


Another benefit is my fitness. Being able to practice so much has kept me in amazing shape. I love being on a team with my best friends and staying in shape. Without being a student athlete I would not have this. 


Being a student athlete can be hard, but it has its benefits as well. I am so lucky to have this opportunity in my life and would not change it for the world. 

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