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Transitioning from high school to college sports

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Junior Damond Brown has played defensive back for three years at Doane.

Student-athletes have a variety of challenges to overcome. A heavy workload and bigger time commitment are the most difficult changes from high school sports.

“The workload has been the most difficult for me to adapt to because the coaches demand a lot more out of us,” said junior football player Damond Brown.

Brown added that his professional dream kept him motivated year after year to keep pushing through. Brown said that the extra workload had humbled him.

“I expected things to be handed to me, but I quickly learned that I had to work for what I wanted,” said Brown.

Sophomore baseball player Ryan Jansen said that the faster pace of school and sports has helped him learn better time management.

“In the fall we practice about two to three hours a day, and five to six hours during the weekends,” said Jansen. “We also lift two times a week.”

When the workload begins to pile up, pushing through can seem difficult. The competition and relationships with his teammates help Jansen to get passed adversities.

Jansen says that when he is not participating in sporting events, his focus is strictly on school.

Jansen added that his freshman year GPA was not what he had hoped. The time commitment to schooling and baseball increased.

“Being a freshman last year, it was difficult to keep my focus and priorities on school instead of baseball,” said Jansen. “I've learned to better stay on track with my studies now that I have been here a year.”

According to a doaneline.com article from 2014, Doane sets guidelines minimum requirements for student-athletes to be successful.

In the article, it states that coaches set aside individual conferences with athletes. They do these to help them manage time better and help the athlete become successful both in class and in the sport.

The extra time commitment and tight schedules can be nerve-racking when student-athletes first come to Doane. With mandatory GPA requirements, succeeding in the classroom comes first, though.