You’ve probably heard this a thousand times, but getting involved is one of the only ways to meet new people in college. When you’re taking five or six different classes, you won’t really have the time or energy to worry about making friends. When you become part of a team, it’s like you already have a built-in family; a family away from family. I know as an incoming freshman, I was anxious about meeting new people and putting myself out there. The field hockey team at Misericordia University quickly took me under their wing and made me feel like I belonged at this school. I’m sure it’s the same way with the other teams as well.
Everyone knows that the best way to have fun in college is to put yourself out there and be involved in as much as possible. What better way to include yourself than to be on a sports team? A college athletic program may seem intimidating at first, but you have to get out of your comfort zone if you want to have a good time in an unfamiliar place. Besides, who doesn’t want to stay in shape? Getting proper exercise and making sure that you’re eating healthily are only some of the better reasons to become a part of the Misericordia athletics program.
Becoming part of a team will give you a sense of responsibility. You have to balance an academic life with your athletic one. Time management is a big part of being on a team and maintaining good grades. Nothing says ‘welcome to adulthood’ like balancing clubs, sports, and homework. You also have to make sure that you’re on time for practice. Most teams get together outside of practice, so you also have to work your schedule around that as well. To help keep your life in check and not get overwhelmed by all of homework you have, some teams have mandatory study halls for an hour or two before practice. No coach wants to see their athletes become ineligible to play, so school comes first, no matter what sport you play.
After a stressful day at school, it feels great to get onto the field and just let loose. Sports offer a release from the academic side of college for a while. While you’re out on the field, you don’t have to worry about the project that’s due next week or that test you didn’t do so well on yesterday. You’re expected to focus on training and nothing else. Sports offer a well-needed break from the stress of school.
Don’t get me wrong, collegiate sports are a lot of work, but all the hard work you put into it is worth it.
If you thought playing in high school was rough, buckle up because you haven’t worked half as hard as you will during preseason. Misericordia’s coaching staff are experienced mentors that only want to make you better. This means they’ll push you to your breaking point to help you shine. Everyone who plays in college wants to be here, as opposed to high school where people would become part of a team because their friend was on the team or their parents made them join. The work may be tough, but nothing beats the feeling you get when you first step onto the field with your team as a Misericordia Cougar.
Misericordia offers 25 sports to become a part of. Of course, if you’re not into the sports life, Misericordia offers many different opportunities for you to put yourself out into the world. For those looking for a less intense experience, intramural sports are a great way to keep playing the sport you love without the pressure to succeed. Misericordia also has a variety of great clubs that you can join. Wherever you look on campus, you can find a group of people to connect with.
- Rachel Miroslaw '21, Speech-Language Pathology. Rachel is from Tunkhannock, PA, plays field hockey, and enjoys reading and writing
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