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.