My first time missing a week of college classes and I somehow managed to survive without falling completely behind.
It was not too easy of a task, I have to admit. Without the wonderful world of technology we have today, there is no way I could have ever kept up with my work.
While I was gone to the USA Diving Winter Nationals in Ohio earlier this month, I had two papers due, plus a midterm to study for that was scheduled for two days after I returned, and I was missing a critical week of material.
Thankfully, both of my papers could be turned in online. My communications paper was really supposed to be handed in during class, but I talked to my teacher before I left and she was understanding enough to let me e-mail it to her.
So, my whole plane ride to Ohio State University was filled with writing my paper for communications. I had done some of it before I left but I needed to make sure it was perfect before I sent it in, since it was our first real paper.
The second paper I had to do was for my ancient Greek philosophy class. Luckily, this one was due online, so it was not a problem. Also, the class before I left covered what I had to write about,
which made my life a lot easier.Problem was, it was due on Thursday, and as Monday and Tuesday went by I realized I had absolutely no time to do any homework. I was at the pool all day, and then would have dinner and go to bed. So I had to force myself to get up an hour and a half early on Wednesday and Thursday so that I could finish my paper.
Definitely not what I was expecting to have to do at the diving nationals.
I managed to finish my paper and turn it in on time, with a little less sleep than I preferred.
The rest of the time I was doing my reading wherever possible. I would read on the pool deck, in my room or at lunch.
Once the days of practice were over and I started competing on Friday, my homework for the most part was nonexistent.
I got an e-mail from the teaching assistant in my communications class with the study guide for my midterm, but on days when I was competing, homework was the last thing I thought about. I managed to get a little bit done, but I mainly had to rush it all in on the plane ride home.
Luckily, I had a tutoring appointment when I got back so I had a good day of studying before my midterm. I just hope it was enough.
It was such a different experience going to this diving competition and actually having to focus on schoolwork.
One of the things that was so nice about my online high school experience was that they wouldn’t really give me any work to do while I was gone. I could just completely focus on my diving when I would leave for weeks at a time to go to meets.
However, now I am a student athlete and have to adjust to my new life. I think I did a good job, but I won’t know for sure until I get the results from my papers and midterm.
As for the competition, our team did well at nationals. My synchronized diving partner and teammate, Tory, and I got third in our synchro event. Our teammate Harrison finished third in his platform event, barely missing qualifying for World Cup.
The following weekend (Feb. 13) was our last dual meet of the year, against UCLA. I walked into our locker room the morning before the competition and the boys had been kind enough to have decked it out with ribbons and confetti and writing all over the walls saying, “BEAT THE BRUINS!” … and that is just what we did.
In diving, we won both events. Overall, with swimming and diving combined, we beat UCLA by about 20 points. The Trojans slew the Bruin bears.
Our next competition is the Pac-10 championships – Wednesday through Saturday in Long Beach. Hopefully we will continue our winning streak.