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Expectations vs. Reality

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Julian looked down at his shoes and struggled to compose his face. This was unbelievable. Twenty days on campus and he was already injured. He arrived feeling strong and prepared to compete at the collegiate level. He attacked every strength and conditioning session, eager to solidify his place as a leader among the other freshmen. But then his shin splints …

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The Silver Lining of COVID-19 Cancellations

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Student-athletes were already confused about their identity. Then coronavirus cancellations hit. The Big 10. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Ivy League. In the weeks leading up to the fall semester, college athletic conferences announced canceled seasons like gongs of a death toll.  The Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Northeast-10 Conference. The New England Small College Athletic Conference. Division I, II, and …

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Cultivating a Resilient Mindset

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Joel walked into his dorm room and threw his backpack on the bed. It had been a frustrating day. It started with a 5:15 AM alarm. After forcing down a piece of toast and shuffling to the gym, Joel completed his first conditioning workout of the day. It was late July, and preseason workouts have been really difficult. In high …

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Student-athlete activists deserve our empathy

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Something strange played out in American college athletics this summer. While our nation rallied in the wake of police brutality, organizing and demonstrating with a renewed focus on eradicating systemic racism, student-athletes took to the front lines. Players with massive social media followings provided real-time feedback to virtual stadiums of fans and observers, attentive to their every word. And when …

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Your sport is NOT your identity

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Gymnastics was my life. For as long as I can remember, it was my passion, my joy, my motivation, my purpose.  It was the thing that made me special.  It was empirical evidence that not only was I enough – I was the best.  Like most highly competitive athletes in all season sports, it was my only sport.  I spent …

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Diary of an international kid

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Receiving an offer to play collegiate basketball in the US, nonetheless at the school where basketball takes on a form of a religious experience, was an incredible moment in my life. From the first time I stepped on campus during my official visit, I felt “at home” – mainly because those around me seemed to have been living and breathing …

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Mental Health: My Story

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On April 8, 2016, I read a Facebook post reporting that Ex-Kansas University football player Brandon Bourbon committed suicide.   “Oh no…no, no, no,” I whispered back at the screen.   You would have thought I knew him. You would have thought we were related by the rush of emotions that took over.   I didn’t know Brandon personally. But …

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Lessons Learned

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I really loved my college experience: the people, the atmosphere, the games, and the education. There were ups and downs, good and bad parts, but overall, I loved being a collegiate student-athlete. I can’t honestly say, however, that I would do the same thing again if I could go back. There are so many things I would have done differently …

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My coach taught me how not to lead

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As a Junior in high school, being recruited to play college basketball was a dream come true. Knowing I would have no financial assistance from family, a tuition-free undergrad, coupled with the opportunity to play for a reputable coach seemed too good to be true. The hours and practice I had spent working on all aspects of my game started …

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HBS, a dream, and Trey: how HBS helped me launch my social enterprise

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“Nice talking to you as well!” I hung up the phone and looked out the window of my company’s conference room, high above midtown Manhattan. I had just finished a call regarding my acceptance to Harvard Business School (HBS) with Matt Segneri, Director of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, and it was an impactful one. Not only was I impressed …