How I Play The Field Through Athletics & Internships

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How I Play The Field Through Athletics & Internships

This is a guest post from our current campus ambassador Carlee Barackman. Carlee is a junior at Rochester College, majoring in mass communications/public relations.

By 8:00 p.m. everyday, I finally get a chance to sit down at my desk. I already have been up since 7:30 am due to early classes, as well as worked out at the gym, had lunch with my friends, sweat my butt off at soccer practice and saw the athletic tutor in the study lounge. But finally, I have a chance to sit down…. Only to do more work because I also am interning while in the midst of my soccer season.

While many people ask me everyday, “Why would you do this to yourself?” and my response is that I only have so much time in my college career to get internship opportunities. Yes, there are some days where as soon as I sit down at my desk and see my calendar, I want to hit myself in the head for becoming so busy. But then I remember how much I am learning.

I am learning things at my internship, of course. But the most important thing I am learning is how to manage my time.  My calendar and caffeine became my best friends throughout this experience. I know that I really can have it all (leading stats, good GPA, a padded resume, and a social life), as long as I plan well enough. But in the case that your sport and/or coach demand too much of your time try one of these tips to make sure that after you step off the field for the last time, you have something else to lead you into the “real world.”

1. Use the offseason to focus elsewhere - Sometimes we just need a break from thinking about playing time and why we just can’t get that free throw quite right. So, take some time to think about something else, like your future. While we may still have off-season workouts, usually the time commitments aren’t as demanding then, so pack all you can into this time.

2. Get involved on campus - Not only is the commute a lot less, but the athletic department may be more understanding of your demanding schedule so they may be willing to allow you flexible hours or be understanding of late night returns from away games.

3. Identify how you may use your sport as a learning experience - While you may not be able to put it on your resume, you may be able to use the experiences within an interview. Tell the interviewer how you learned to deal with people in a group setting due to four years of collaborating with a team. Or tell them how you learned how hard work and dedication to your weaknesses can apply to the professional life too.