The college work load can be time consuming. In addition to working to keep up with finances and maintaining a social life, trying to complete every assignment and finding enough time to study for exams is a never-ending battle.
Nevertheless, some college students even play sports for their school.
After interviewing with two freshman who play on the Camden County College women’s soccer team, it’s clear that a rookie athlete’s feelings towards coming into college playing a sport are similar, as are the ways of balancing whatever life throws at them.
Sara Roselle, an 18-year-old freshman nursing major from Haddon Heights said, “It isn’t easy to balance school and soccer, plus I have a job, but I somehow manage. My main focus is school though, because I really want to become a nurse when I’m older.”
Rachel Ingram, an 18-year-old freshman biology major from Pennsauken said that the team practices three days a week and has games another two to three days a week. “It’s not hard to balance everything if you time manage yourself,” Ingram said.
“I still think it’s good to play because you can learn a lot about yourself on and off the field. It has definitely helped me, and I love playing, so getting to play still gives me something to look forward to” Roselle said.
When asked about her feelings on joining the team as a freshman, Ingram said, “A majority of the team is experiencing their first year playing college soccer, so it makes it more special. I’m so happy I made the decision I did because I really enjoy going to school at CCC, and I love the girls on my team. We’re like a family.”
“It’s good to be on a team where the other girls are doing the same things, so we are all here to help each other,” Roselle added.
The women both agreed that playing a college sport as a freshman gave them friends from the beginning of college, along with a built-in support system.
Roselle and Ingram encouraged those passionate about playing soccer to try out for the team next season.