From 6:00AM to 8:30AM everyday, Betsy Rivera’s focus is on enhancing her base running skills, fielding ground balls cleanly, and perfecting her pitching with her fellow teammates on the John Jay Softball Team.
Then from 9:25AM to 1:40PM she is dodging students to get to class, taking tedious notes, and trying to figure out where in the Criminal Justice field she wants to end up.
Playing for a NCAA team comes with high levels of responsibility and commitment.
“I didn’t want to join right away because I wanted to see if I could handle the school work coming in as a freshman. I earned a 3.6 GPA in the fall, so I figured I’d give it a shot.”
With gaining such a huge commitment alongside being a full-time college student, challenges occur that student athletes might have to face.
“One main challenge for me so far has been getting used to being around new people, and try to find where I fit best on the team.”
Normally, the love and passion for sports derives from personally experiences and often times form at a young age.
“I always loved watching the Yankees play, and I would go to their games with my dad. After watching them play for years, I wanted to be just like Derek Jeter. That dream still drives me, and it’s helped pushed me to keep playing for the past 10 years.”
Often times, student athletes are asked how they feel playing a sport will either positively or negatively effect their school work and their overall college experience.
“I think playing softball will positively effect my schoolwork because it forces me to focus on getting my assignments done so that I’m able to play. It also positively effects my overall college experience because without it, I probably would have never met the people that I have.”
It takes multiple skills in order to have a successful college experience all the while playing a sport.
“I think it’s all about time management, and prioritizing schoolwork because at the end of the day, I’m a student before I’m an athlete.”
From interviewing Betsy, and getting her perspective on how being a student athlete has impacted her life, it shed light on how it is in fact possible to be all work and have some play while you’re in college.