A capsule look at advice from college athletes

Calli Townsend, Times Herald
Published 4:01 p.m. ET Aug. 5, 2017 | Updated 4:07 p.m. ET Aug. 5, 2017

Here’s a round-up of advice from local college athletes on transitioning to college.

Kylee Barrett

HIGH SCHOOL: Croswell-Lexington 

COLLEGE: Wayne State 

SPORT: Softball 

COMMENT: “Get your priorities in order. Even though it’s hard, put your school first because that’s what is going to get you farther in life. And make the most of every moment.”

Rachel Bonner

HIGH SCHOOL: Port Huron High 

COLLEGE: Syracuse 

SPORT: Cross Country/Track 

COMMENT: “Finding your balance is the first thing you want to do. Scope out where the good food is. Find friends that are going to build you up and find friends that are outside of your sport. Find healthy, fun things so you’re not missing out on the college experience.”

Megan Cates 

HIGH SCHOOL: Croswell-Lexington 

COLLEGE: Macomb Community College

SPORT: Cross Country/Track 

COMMENT: “Don’t rush into things. Try to balance your easy classes with your hard classes. It gets easier after a couple weeks of getting into a routine.”

Bryce Davis 

HIGH SCHOOL: Croswell-Lexington    

COLLEGE: Trine University

SPORT: Football

COMMENT:  “My advice was passed down to me from the upperclassmen on the football team. Don’t get yourself caught up in becoming a freshman, you know, like going out to party. Make sure you know what you’re there for and what your priorities are.”

Joe Duff

HIGH SCHOOL: Croswell-Lexington

COLLEGE: Concordia University

SPORT: Football/Track

COMMENT: “Get in a routine because once you do, it’s really easy to get everything done that you need to do. Keep a planner. It saved me on countless occasions when I forgot I had an assignment due.”

Robert Duff

HIGH SCHOOL: Croswell-Lexington 

COLLEGE: Concordia University

SPORT: Football/Track

COMMENT: “Get to know your professors. You want them to know you personally. Make a good example at the beginning of the semester. If you come in and are texting everyday, they won’t be as lenient.”

Megan Guitar

HIGH SCHOOL: Croswell-Lexington

COLLEGE: Wayne State

SPORT: Softball

COMMENT: “The biggest thing is time management and not procrastinating on your homework.” 

Cody Kegley

HIGH SCHOOL: Yale

COLLEGE: U of M, Flint

SPORT: Basketball

COMMENT: “You’re going to feel overwhelmed, but the best thing to do is reach out for help and seek knowledge from others.”

Brendan Marino 

HIGH SCHOOL: Saint Clair

COLLEGE: Albion

SPORT: Baseball

COMMENT: “Procrastination is very easy in college since you have no adult figure to push you except your coaches. Being independent is fun and all, but you have to be self-motivated.”

Sydney Shaw 

HIGH SCHOOL: Croswell-Lexington

COLLEGE: Detroit Mercy

SPORT: Cross Country/Track

COMMENT: “Come every day with an open mind and be ready for everything. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, but don’t count yourself out every day either.”

Devin Tomlinson

HIGH SCHOOL: Port Huron Northern

COLLEGE: Oakland University

SPORT: Soccer 

COMMENT: “If you have the mindset of you can learn something from everyone you work with, you’ll get a lot more out of people.”

Evan Wagner 

HIGH SCHOOL: Port Huron High

COLLEGE: Cornerstone University

SPORT: Baseball

COMMENT: “You have to be willing to understand the role that you’re in and do the best with the role that you have. Don’t let it (sports) become too much of a job because it quickly can if you allow it.”

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