Sunday, May 26, 2013

Life Of A College Baller: Justin Sears Reflection On His Freshman Year At Yale


What’s up people? I have been home for a few weeks, and everyone has been asking about my first year away at school.  I have had some time to reflect, so I’ll try to give everyone a brief idea of my first year at Yale. 

I had many firsts for my 10 stay month at Yale, like attending ridiculous theme parties (Still not feeling country music), having a roommate from India, being introduced to the competitive game of corn hole, and even the exotic foods the dining hall served to accommodate the international students.  These are some of the few things that stick out in my mind when I think about the hectic, and fast paced first year I had.  

The first few weeks were a tough transition period, as I had to adjust to College culture while balancing my time with preseason Basketball workouts.  This was stressful because my ability to locate buildings and my time management skills were nonexistent.  I lived life on the edge as I arrived to meetings and workouts with little to no time to spare.  Weight-room workouts were not my favorite either, as I arrived on campus weighing 190 lbs. soaking wet and probably could give you 12 pushups on a good day (Tough having long arms).  I even routinely got locked out my room since I never had my key.  I was the typical freshman who had no clue what was going on and needed guidance.   

With help from my teammates, an alarm clock app on my phone, and a lanyard to hold my key, I became better equipped to handle basketball at the College level and the rigors of being a student at an Ivy League school.  On the academic side, I remember receiving a C on my first college test but managed to get a final grade of an A on the course as I developed better study habits. Weight lifting and my steady diet of hamburgers, fries, and pizza from the dining hall proved beneficial as well as I gained 25 lbs. My play on the court improved as I gained confidence and grew accustomed to the physicality and speed of the college game.  However, I still managed to have freshman moments during the season, like the time I forgot to pack my shoes for an away game or the many times I screwed up a set play Coach Jones drew during a timeout. (My bad Coach) 

Despite the many rookie mistakes I made, my freshman year has been one of the best years of my life.  Traveling with my teammates, playing on National TV and even the simple spring days teaching a friend how to throw a football highlight my first year at Yale.  I am glad I have been afforded the opportunity to study at a world-class university such as this, and I am excited for my next 3 years. Hope I can continue to fill you in on the happenings at Yale.  Thanks for reading and Roll Dawgs. 

P.S. Help me accomplish my goal of a blue check mark on Twitter by following me @Jussears. I try to have some quality tweets every now and then.

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