As an athletic training student, I think the most obvious challenge we face is managing our time. It is very difficult to spread time between getting enough clinical hours, studying adequately for both AT classes and other prerequisite/required courses, getting enough rest, maintaining at least decent mental health by having moments to ourselves, and time for sports if we are athletes. I like that this major has demanded that I manage my time well, and I believe that it is preparing me for my future with the amount of responsibility that we are expected to uphold; however, I sometimes feel as if I am wishing this season of my life away because I far too often do not enjoy what I do unfortunately. I think it was also hard for AT students to become involved in other things on campus that they may find interesting or engage in volunteer opportunities because of the demand of the major. I am involved in many of the spiritual life activities on campus because it is a very important aspect of my life that I want to share with others, but it is at an expense of much of my study time, sleep, and other activities. Unfortunately, I believe that other athletic training students may choose to not get involved in other activities that they may be passionate about because of the stress that it may add to getting their hours, completing their clinical packet, or studying for their classes.
For the most part I do not find it difficult to manage all of my responsibilities because I feel like I do not think about all I have to do or what I may miss out on, and I just do what has to be done. The most difficult part for me personally is not engaging in some of the things that I love because I don’t have the time. For example, I would love to visit home more often, but my schedule does not allow it. I would love the opportunity to invest more heavily into the relationships and friendships that I have discovered while at Emory, but again, sometimes my schedule just won’t have it. However, I am trying to be content in the time that I have here, regardless of whether I am enjoying it at the moment or not. I have found the most help in my brothers and sisters in Christ when I find myself in a slump. They never fail to lift me up and encourage me whenever I’m feeling down or overwhelmed. Time spent with this family is time that I will never regret, and the moments that I have with them are going to be the moments that I remember most when I look back at my time at Emory.
This week I did not get any attempts or masteries.
It’s hard for me to imagine that I have already been in the program for a year and a half. This semester I plan on hopefully utilizing all the lessons I have learned, but the principal one will be understanding that there is always more going on behind what is on the surface. I hope that this semester I can truly invest into people’s lives, while also being there to help them with injuries, rehabs, etc. I would like for athletes to feel like they are going to get quality treatment when I interact with them, but also to feel as if we can work through more than just an injury together. After having the semester I had last year, I more fully understand the importance of having a strong support system. I had no idea how many people were there for me until I went through last semester. I would like to create relationships with the athletes on my rotation that they can be confident in. I can only hope that these girls know that they always have someone in their corner, both for their injury and return to play process and for any other corner of their life where they may need support and someone to have their back.
This semester I would also like to be more intentional about my learning. Last semester, it was hard for me to try to learn anything outside of what was necessary. This spring, I hate to gain my passion for learning back. Because I have a lighter course load this semester, I have a goal to review more and look at the information that I am presented with a little deeper than purely memorizing the material. As the idea of graduation gets more realistic, I am beginning to understand that my learning will soon be placed entirely in my hands, and I will have to take full responsibility and actively seek out learning. I hope that this semester I can really put forth initiative when it comes to my learning.
This week I did not sit down with Melissa to create a packet completion goal, but in the past I tried to split up the number of masteries evenly within the weeks. This has proven a couple times that it is faulty logic. Therefore, I hope to sit down with Melissa this week and potentially look at some of the syllabi from my classes in hopes of breaking down the packet and creating a more manageable completion goal.
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