Student-Athlete Journal

Melanie Wolf, Women’s Basketball

 

            As a student-athlete at Rhode Island College keeping a balance between basketball, school, work, and a social life can often be a difficult task. My days start around 6:30 a.m.  Two days a week I spend my time at my internship with Tri-Town Head Start. This is a full year placement where I work 16 hours a week. I still have three other classes to do work for on top of that.

            The time that I spend away from school is mainly at basketball practice or working at the Rhode Island Interscholastic League. This job has been a great experience for me and I love working in this office, which does all of the scheduling for high school athletic events.  I also spend a couple hours a week working in the athletic training room. 

            Basketball has been a great experience.  Although it takes up much of my time, I would not trade it for anything.  The team practices for two hours a day, six times a week.  It can often be very tiring, when I get home from practice and still have a couple hours of homework left in front of me. I have definitely become better at managing my time since starting school and basketball here.

            Sometimes it is hard to find time to socialize with my friends because I have such a busy schedule. I try to find time to relax and have fun on the weekends. Being from New Hampshire also makes it hard to see my family very often, but they are extremely supportive and try to see as many games as possible.

            On Wednesday, Oct.  23, all of the winter sports athletes came together for Midnight Madness.  The night started off with the wrestling and gymnastics teams, then moved on to us-the women’s basketball team. The men’s basketball team came out at midnight. The fan support was wonderful. It was great to see so many students out on a great night. Hopefully many of you will continue your support throughout our season. 

            I got home from Midnight Madness at 1:15 a.m. and had to get up for an 8 a.m. class. Practice the next day was from 8 to 10 p.m. Although it may be tiring, I get to play the game that I love everyday and for this I think that I am one of the luckiest students at Rhode Island College.

            We tip off the season at Skidmore College on Nov. 17. This is one of the many places we will travel to this winter.  Our farthest trip is to Orlando, Florida where we will play three games. Our first home game of the season is against Salve Regina University on Tues. Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Through basketball, I have had the opportunity to meet many people and travel to many places. Being a student-athlete at Rhode Island College has given me many great experiences. Although sometimes it is tiring and lots of hard work it is all worth it.

 

Melanie Wolf is a senior forward on RIC’s women’s basketball team.

 

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