Being a student athlete is one of the most difficult jobs there is. You have to balance practice, weights, games, traveling, school work, tutors, the list goes on. It’s all in addition to all of the daily pressure athletes can feel, especially at a program that is always expected to be on top. So, what does a day look like if you are a Nebraska volleyball student athlete?
Since I used to be one myself, let me fill you in with this week’s Lo-Down.
7:00 a.m. – Wake up and get ready for the day.
8:00 a.m. – Class (most volleyball players try to take as many classes in the morning, since practice is in the afternoon)
11:00 a.m. – Physical therapy (depending on if a player is injured or not)
11:30 a.m. – Weights
12:30 p.m. – Lunch at the training table
1:30 p.m. – Video session with Coach John Cook
2:00 p.m. – Get taped and ready for practice
2:30 p.m. – Setters train
3:00 p.m. – Practice begins as a team
5:30 p.m. – Practice ends and players head straight to the cold tubs
6:00 p.m. – Dinner at the training table
7:00 p.m. – Night class begins
9:00 p.m. – Night class ends
9:30 p.m. – Get home and start on homework
11:00 p.m. – Bed time
During the day, players may have to do an interview or two, they may have to meet with a tutor, they may volunteer at a local hospital or school, the list could go on here as well. Bottom line, there are so many other random tasks that may come up during the day that only cut into the little amount of down time you receive.
However, I will tell you this, you never hear the volleyball players complaining about how busy they are or making excuses for why assignments can’t be completed. Again, this goes back to the culture and expectations that are instilled on the first day you step foot on campus as a Nebraska volleyball student athlete.