August 31st, 2021
Seven Successful Strategies As You Transition to College
Fall athletes have already moved back to campus. Everyone else will be moving in within the next couple of weeks. With the anticipation of returning back to campus or moving in for the first time, I can’t help but think back to a conversation I had with an incoming freshman thrower from a couple of weeks ago.
As our Zoom conversation was wrapping up, he asked me what he should focus on the most as he prepared to transition to collegiate throwing. Without hesitation I said, “Start working on your time management skills.”
Some, not all, student-athletes make their first transition to life away from home between the ages of 17 and 19. To a certain extent, they are left to their own devices (no pun intended) without the direct supervision of a parent/guardian. They move in and get settled as they wave to the ones that dropped them off. Now, maybe for the first time they are left alone with the possible expectations of going to class, earning “good” grades, developing a social life, making new friends, completing their homework, and for some competing on a varsity sports team. That might be a lot to handle for some athletes.
It was a lot for me to handle when I was dropped off in August, 2000. There were no instructions given to us. As a student-athlete I knew I had to maintain at least a 2.0gpa and could not participate in or indulge with drugs/alcohol for fear of either being kicked off the track and field team or expelled from school. I had a few teammates over the years that stayed on campus for a fall semester and didn’t return for that spring semester. The same for those that didn’t return in the fall of our sophomore, junior and senior years too. The one thing I remember Coach OG sharing with me in one of our first meetings on campus that August was to learn how to manage my time so I could get everything done and remain eligible to compete on the track and field team.
That was all great and good, except nobody told me or taught me how to exactly do that.
Here is a list of some strategies you can begin to incorporate to ensure you give yourself the best opportunity to be successful as you navigate your way through the 2021-22 academic year.
What strategies/suggestions would you add to this list? These specific items are concepts I wish someone would have shared with me 21 years ago. To say I was clueless would be an understatement. My one priority in college was to compete well enough to someday be inducted in our SUNY Fredonia Sports Hall of Fame. That priority almost cost me my education, but I did end up winning a first place medal the size of a quarter for my efforts.
To be continued tomorrow...
Dr. Charles Infurna
Charles Infurna, Ed.D., is the owner and lead coach of Forza Athletics Track Club. Dr. Infurna has coached National Record Holders, National Champions, All-Americans, and Conference Champions at the Post-Collegiate, Collegiate, and High School level.