Friday, September 5, 2008

Abbi's Almanac #1

Welcome to the first installment of Abbi's Almanac. Eagles freshman volleyball player Abbi Schultz will be contributing a blog entry every other week describing her experiences as a first year student-athlete at Edgewood College. Abbi has moved right into the starting line-up and is making key contributions to the 3-0 Eagle volleyball team. Read on for Abbi's first entry....

My name is Abbi Schultz I’m 18 years old and a freshman here at Edgewood College. I have been playing competitive volleyball since the 6th grade. During high school I played three years of Varsity volleyball for one of the top ranked division one schools in Wisconsin, Westosha Central. I started my junior and senior year as a right side. While playing there I made three state appearances and in 2006 won the state title. My senior year I was graced with second team all-conference and second team all-county. Now at Edgewood I am a starting setter/opposite.

Already in only two weeks on campus there are so many differences in college athletics compared to high school athletics. Coming from a small town with such a legacy everyone in the school knew the volleyball players, when matches were, who they were against and if it was a home or away game. As I walked around campus wearing a game tonight shirt I was constantly asked which team I played for, where we were playing and who we were playing. It’s a strange thing walking around campus hanging up posters, advertising games. There is a difference in work ethic as a college athlete. Practice becomes job like, but in a good way. There is an outline of practice and a time line in which to complete the work. High school practices were more of a way to blow off steam after sitting in class for eight hours.

Classes are another strange thing to me as a freshman college student. At Westosha there were eight class periods in a day, 51 minutes a class and school ran from 7:30 until 2:15. It’s liberating to start class at nine every day and most days done with classes at 1:20. And having huge breaks in between classes is refreshing. It gives time for homework and a social life before practice or matches. There’s a relieving feeling that if a professor finishes the lesson early students do not have to sit around like Pavlov’s dogs waiting for a bell to ring. There is also the attendance, nobody is forcing class attendance. Not saying I’m going to ditch classes but it’s nice to know I am in charge of my schedule and what I do not a teacher, school officer or parent.


Anonymous said...

It would be nice if there was a link for Abbi's blog on the volleyball home page

Edgewood College SID said...

Great idea! I don't think I'm going to make a specific link to Abbi's Almanac, but I think I will add an "Eagle Blog" link to each sport's page that will point to all blog post with identified with that sport.

Look for those new links to be up sometime this week. Thanks for the suggestion.