6 AM headed to the airport, however this is exactly how it was going to weights.
Oh the joy of waking up at 7:30 AM. You put on your blue long shorts with your grey Georgia State Softball shirt, throw the hair up in a pony tail, slip on some deodorant, grab a banana or oatmeal, and walk sleepy-eyed to the bright weight room. You realize it is Wednesday, the hardest workout of the week, dreading looking at your work-out sheet that reads 3 sets of each: squats, dumbbell step ups, front squats, hang cleans, kettle bell swings…etc. So tired and sweaty after a hard hour, you realize there is no time to shower because you have class at 9:30 AM. You hurry to the training room and get 3 ice packs, one for your knee, one for your shoulder, and another for your hamstring.
Eating lunch outside of class. You wouldn’t ever catch me in non-sports wear clothes.
All the glances you notice because of your funny robot walk and the creative maneuvers you think of while stretching your legs up each step. You may have a 45 min to 1 hour break for lunch and then it is back to class. Finally, your last class of the day ends at 3:30 and you receive a text from your teammate reminding you that they will be under the sports arena bridge to take you to practice. “Damn, practice. I bet they go the full 4 hours today.”
On the way to practice you all discuss what the coaches might do for practice. “I bet we do conditioning at the end.” “I guarantee we do overhead throws and diving.” You get to Panthersville, drag out of your car and look at the clipboard of Today’s Practice. “We are going the full 4 hours, that means we wont be done until 8 PM!” Of course everything you can think of is covered in 4 hours, warming up, running bases, throwing, infield/outfield drills, hitting rotations, team field practice, and more running. As you sprint your last suicide, you struggle to drink water to realize practice is finally over. You are completely filthy and smell like crap. All you can think about is eat then sleep, but you can’t because you have a test Thursday morning. Looks like this is going to be a late night.
Those lovely shorts right there, I lived in those. These are my teammates and I cooking dinner after a late practice.
You get home from practice around 8:30 PM, throw your book bag on the couch and head right for the fridge. You stand there for a second, enjoying cool breeze, as you open your eyes you can see that you need to go grocery shopping. All you have is some fairly discolored salad, left over pasta, and bananas. You choose the pasta, scarf it down, shower, and put on the most comfortable sweats and t-shirt you can find. You look over at the time and it is 9:10 PM. You are exhausted and all you can think about is your bed. For a slight second you debate whether this test is worth studying for, and with slight hesitation you open your notes and begin studying. It is almost 1 AM and you have to get up in 6 hours for your test at 8 AM. You slowly get into bed because of your sore muscles. After a moment of relaxation, you remember this weekend you have to travel up to New York for Conference games. You play your biggest rival, Hofstra, the undefeated Conference Champs. Your brain continues to anxiously think and play out scenarios of this upcoming weekend, when eventually around 2 AM you fall asleep, and then your alarm goes off as if you have only been asleep for 5 minutes.
Now this sounds like an awful 4 years to live your life, BUT we won Conference…
This is where I met my greatest friends…
Taking over the airplane
Endured the most painful injuries and survived…
At the GSU Athletic Banquet, sporting my ACL tear and crutches.
Witnessed or made the most amazing plays and beat teams that no one else thought we could.
One of my favorite Olympian Softball players is Natasha Watley, who is also a lefty-slapper.
Although those years are now memories, I have installed a life goal that will follow me through out the rest of my life. Be Champions Today & Leaders Tomorrow. Thank you Athletics!
GSU SPORTS Support!!! All students get in free with their Panther I.D. If you need attire, just check out the local Georgia Book Store, online, or University Book Store.
- Baseball, Soccer, and Softball are played at Panthersville
- Football is played at the GA. Dome
- Basketball, Volleyball, Sand Volleyball are played at the Sports Arena
- Tennis is played at Piedmont Park
- Other sports such as: Cross-Country, Golf, Track & Field have other destinations.
SO WHO ALL WANTS TO TAILGATE AND WATCH SOME GSU SPORTS?!?!
Fight Panthers to victory,
Our voices yell.
You’ll hear us mighty and strong,
We’re from the ATL,
We’re gonna give them hell.
Fight Panthers to victory, drive on for the score
Blue – White,
Georgia State is in the fight!