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The Last Curtain Call As A College Athlete

When I stepped foot on campus at NJIT as a freshman, I was very eager and excited to see what the next four years had in store for me.  At the time, four years seemed like a lifetime. 

I was wrong.

This year marks my fourth year, and just like a blink of an eye, my senior year is here. The adult world is quickly approaching, and there is nothing that can be done to avoid it.

The adult world is quickly approaching, and there is nothing that can be done to avoid it.

Walking on campus as a freshman compared to walking on campus as a senior has two completely different vibes: a new freshman thinks that college "is going to be the best 4 years of my life" and then the thought quickly changes to "I can't believe these 4 years flew by."

I have been a Division I student-athlete for four years; and the past years have been the most challenging, yet rewarding years of my life.

A lot of grueling hours of work, physically in the gym and mentally in the classroom, have to be put in order to succeed both as an athlete and as a student. Mastering the schedule of a student athlete is tough, especially as a freshman, but as you get yourself in a routine and it becomes your last year of being a collegiate athlete, you finally begin to appreciate your difficult schedule.

As a student-athlete, there have been many perks, but one of the best is being a senior. The alpha not only on your team, but also on the university. Everyone looks to you for advice, help, or even just asking about the go-to restaurants that are around school.

There are many lasts for a student athlete as a senior. Last time looking at the practice and game schedule. Last time registering for classes. Last time stepping on campus. Last time waking up before the sun to condition or practice. Last time being so out of breath you question why you didn't take up chess.

There are many lasts, but many firsts as well that will soon be created. As I begin my senior year journey, I am excited and anxious of what this year will bring in all aspects of my life including athletically, academically, and my future career. I will ensure to teach my freshman as much as I can before I leave and cherish every experience before graduation day in May.