Freshman Cha Cha Williams shares her college experiences so far both on and off the court as well as how much it means to her to be a Hatter…
Being a freshman at Stetson is one of the most wonderful, yet challenging experiences of my life. I say that for two reasons. One is that I have never been away from my parents and family for more than a week and it’s been about a month and a half so that’s kind of hard to get used to. The second thing is that it is a big adjustment going from high school to college on the court and in the classroom. I am adjusting pretty well to college with the encouragement of my family and the help of my teammates and coaches. I love being here, but I do kind of miss home. I love being here and learning new things.
Being a college athlete does have a lot of advantages. Everyone knows you, so you’re kind of popular. Everyone wants to hang out with you and you get invited to a lot of social events. I have also found as a freshman that you find yourself in your professor’s office a lot because college classes are very hard and it is very tough. This is a great thing especially for my biology class because this class is actually very hard and challenging for me. I hold myself to high standards and grades are important to me, so I have to make sure I master the material for Biology. I have used a lot of the resources available here at Stetson such as tutoring, study table and going to talk to my professors.
A big part of being a student-athlete is the athlete part. We had preseason workouts and they were no joke. I can definitely see a huge change in my body and even my basketball skills. We had a lot of conditioning workouts that were hard but fun. I remember one in particular – the ROTC workout. I was so mad that I had to get up at 4:50 am that morning, but it was so worth it. At first the whole team was apprehensive about it. All we knew was that a lot of running was going to be involved and in my mind I was prepared to be tired and out of breath, but I was so wrong. I loved that workout, especially when we got outside and had to run with water jugs and flip a giant tire. It was so fun. We forgot it was even supposed to be a workout because we enjoyed it so much. It was so much fun that we started passing up the actual ROTC students. They even told us that “we were that only ones to really give them competition.” I thought that was amazing. We also had to run to the big fountain right in the middle of campus and do push-ups on the fountain. I thought my arms were going to fall off the first time I did it because my arm hurt so badly; yet I still had fun.
This week our first practice of the season started and I loved it. On the first day of practice I was so scared that I went to the bathroom and called my mom. She told me to calm down and just work hard and do my best. I was so nervous because I wanted to do well and I wanted Coach Bria to have a good impression about me. I can actually say that I think my first practice went very well and I did better job than I thought I would do. I have a long road ahead of me and I have lots to learn, but my teammates are very encouraging and welcoming. I love playing for Stetson and I love the game. Now I know what my dad meant when he said that this will be one of the most rewarding yet difficult times in my life. I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world. I love school, I love basketball and the fact that I get to do both for free is the best thing in the world and truly a blessing.
I miss my family very much and sometimes I do get home sick and have to call my parents. I miss them a great deal and I appreciate them so much more now that I am not home. I have not seen them since they brought me to school on August 18, 2012. If I counted right that is 47 days and I miss them. They are truly my rock, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here, but off the mushy stuff for now; in the end I love my school and I love basketball, and I couldn’t see myself anywhere else but home at Stetson University as a Hatter.
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