David Andrews ‘16 — Senior year is full of exciting experiences; whether it be planning for college or capping off over a decade of schooling. While these events bring joy and excitement, there is one end that continually breaks the hearts of student-athletes nationwide—the completion of their athletic career.
Being a student-athlete is a job in itself; the seven hours a day as a student, three to four hours a day as an athlete, while still managing homework, sleep, work, and a social life. The constant “grind” never leaves the student-athlete with much down time.
“It was bittersweet, it’s a tough sport, practices are tough, but it’s fun, I’m sure I’ll miss it,” said wrestler Quinn Walker ‘16.
Their lifetime love and passion for their sport, the hundreds, even thousands, of hours spent practicing, playing, and traveling to tournaments…all come to an end when the dust settles or when the final whistle blows.
“It’s a weird feeling, to focus on something your life and then for it to be all over. I am definitely grateful for my athletic career, but it ending is something I have dreaded,” said Taylor Mueller ‘16, whose had immense success as a basketball and soccer player.
As a an athlete, if I could give any advice to any student-athlete, it would be never take what you have for granted; don’t complain about having to go to practice, don’t wish the season would just end, because before you know it, you won’t have any practices to go to, no season to wish away.
Stepping on the field for the last time will bring inevitable heartbreak, so never take the four-years that one can wear the Romeo R on their ches