The Athletic Side Of Life

By: Julianne K. 

I’m moving onto my second year of being a student-collegiate athlete here at Manor college! The women’s basketball team has officially started its regular season, holding a solid record with three wins and two losses. With only three returning players from last year, we’ve managed to mesh very well with the personalities and backgrounds of our new teammates. With the long season ahead of us, I know we will continue to gel together.  My teammates can probably vouch for me when I say that school without basketball is unimaginable. It’s my favorite way to decompress after an exhausting and sometimes frustrating day in class. It has allowed me to experience things that I may have never experienced. I have traveled places I would have never seen otherwise. I have made relationships that I will never forget. For me, it’s not about the title, but the opportunity to wake up and do what I love – basketball. College basketball was once a dream, but now that it’s a reality, I’m proud to live it up everyday. One of my favorite singers Taylor Swift would say, “Honey, life is just a classroom.” She’s right! After all, I have learned just as much outside the classroom as within. The experiences that you have and the relationships you make in your life help define who you are. It’s that afternoon text you receive from your best friend that reads, “I miss you, dude. I wanna hang out…”, or that text from your mom on the way to a game that says, “Good Luck! I love you!” I live for the little things in life, they keep us sane throughout our hectic school lives.

Here are 11 tips from #11 on the court !manor ball

  1. Naps are a gift, nap wisely.
  2. Life is better drama free. Be the bigger person and walk away from gossip if you can.
  3. Laugh, laughter is the best medicine.
  4. Being single in college is amazing, you have nothing but time.
  5. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
  6. Caffeine, all-nighters aren’t easy.
  7. Your mom makes a really great best friend.
  8. Sometimes, your sibling loves you more than you think.
  9. You don’t need to drink or smoke to have a good time!
  10. Reevaluate, prioritize, and try to find the fun in every situation.
  11. If there is one man you can count on, It’s Jesus.


I’m so thankful for this chapter in my life. I am very grateful for all my former coaches for believing in me when I doubted myself, for those that believed someday I would play college basketball. My coaches always pushed me to do better. Here at Manor, Coach Rob is so special to my team and myself, someone we know that we can count on. Basketball has been the root cause of many heartbreaks, yet also manages to make me feel so happy. I’m all about living in the moment and that’s exactly what basketball is about. It’s the rush of a “fast break” or knocking down a major three watching the crowd explode. I might not remember every play of the game, but you sure do remember those moments that pumped you up or sadly broke your heart. That’s what I love about the athletic side of life and how it brings out the better student in me!

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” -Winston Churchill

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