You want to know how does the life of a French college student athlete look like? Well, here’s my every day’s routine. Have a look !
- 5.40 a.m. Wake up
- 6.00 a.m. till 7.00 a.m. First practice: running
- 7 a.m. Breakfast
- About 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. Classes
- 1 p.m. Lunch
- 2.30 p.m. till 4.30 p.m. Second practice: tennis
- 4.30 p.m till 5.30 p.m. Gym practice (weight lift)
- 5.30 p.m. Dinner
- 7 p.m till 9.30 p.m. Homeworks
- 10 p.m. Time to go to bed
By reading over it, I just realized how unattractive this schedule looks like. But to tell the truth, I am enjoying every day here. Yes, getting up every day at 5.40 a.m. to do conditioning is not the best way to start a day but you just need to get used to it. I have the chance to spend each day playing the sport that I love the most with the people that I love the most here (my teammates). I am also enjoying most of my classes as well as my teachers.
It is definitely tough to catch up with classes when you are practicing a lot and travelling for competition. The “language barrier” is also hard to handle and there is everyday something that reminds me that I am different, I’m French. Being French and more generally being foreign requires a bit of extra work, extra efforts to adapt yourself and deal with everything.
But let’s be honest ! It is nothing compared to the chance that I have to be here. I am meeting different people, discovering another culture, learning another language … living an experience that I’ll probably never forget. For all that, I can say that my week schedule is definitely worth it.
Last but not least, although my week is pretty busy, I make sure I relax and take the most of my week ends with my teammates and friends. Working hard during the week and enjoying every free week end. This is the key for me.