Don’t get me wrong, I am so unbelievably blessed to be a college athlete. Also, I understand that not everyone gets the opportunity to continue their athletic careers after high school. While I am thankful for being able to say I play a college sport, it doesn’t make getting back into the swing of things any easier. I know personally, the first day has me so nervous, even as I head into my senior season. Here is a list I compiled of the phases college athletes go through before pre-season begins.

1.The “Last Season JUST Ended” Phase…

Coach can’t make me run for another 8 months and I am going to enjoy every second of it.

 

2. The “Mid-Summer” Phase

Um, I should probably maybe get back to working out…. Yeah?

 

3. The “Two Months Away From the First Day” Phase

Yikes… It’s kind of creeping up on us.

 

4.The “Wait When Do We Start Again?” Phase

You did NOT just say 35 days….

 

5.The “Holy Crap A Month From Today We Start” Phase

Okay, NOW I am panicking.

 

6.The “I Should Probably Stop Stuffing My Face” Phase

I can lose 15 pounds in two weeks, right?

 

7. The “OMG PRACTICE STARTS IN A WEEK” Phase

My level of “can’t even” is at an all-time high.

 

8.The “I Am Sooooo Not Ready” Phase

Anyone have a paper bag? I may or may not be hyperventilating.

 

9. The “Night Before” Phase

This is it… This is the day I die.

 

10. The “Morning Of” Phase

What if somehow I injure myself and cannot participate today?

 

11. The “Mid-First Practice” Phase

Okay… this isn’t so bad, but I probably could have run more this summer.

 

12. The “It’s Great To Be Back Phase”

Regardless of how unready you are for the first day of practice, you know that once you get back into the swing of things and working hard every day you’ll be having the time of your life. Spending day in and day out with your teammates and being able to have the opportunity to play the sport you love is priceless. So go have fun and enjoy your season! Your athletic career will be over before you know it.

By Maggie Tabone

Maggie Tabone

Maggie Tabone

Maggie is currently a senior at Utica College studying Communication Arts. She will be finishing up her collegiate basketball career during this academic year. After Utica, she plans to pursue a Masters' degree in Athletic Administration. Maggie enjoys having the ability to connect with other athletes with her writing.
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