I'm a Freshman in college and I really want to join the rowing team but practice is at 5am everyday and I'm worried it will affect my grades because I'll be tired all the time. Can you offer any advice from your experience?
Sure. It’s really hard. There’s no sugar coating it.
Finding a balance between the sport and the high grades you’d like to maintain will be a direct reflection of the love you have for both pursuits.
I have a friend on my school’s men’s team who had work study his freshman year and decided to quit it and just take on another student loan because he loved rowing that much, but rowing, work study, and classes were just too much.
That’s a case of ‘wow this dude loves his sport’ but I happen to agree with him.
To each his/her own.
I’d tell you not to overwhelm yourself. If you row for a D1 school, most have club teams of the same sport, at least my school does. I’d start with the club if I was a novice because your freshman year grades impact your final GPA greatly over the course of four years.
If there is no club and you genuinely want to join, just prepare for the discipline you’re going to have to teach yourself. Rowing and school work. And that is life—a fabulous one says 98% of the people who follow.
It does help you keep your agenda in check. That’s a huge gain. Nevermind the gains you’ll achieve on the water.
Congratulations/welcome to the best sport on the face of this planet.
Good luck in your journeys!!