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Being a college student can be draining, stressful, and very busy. Students have endless daily commitments: class, sports, clubs, clinicals, etc. In addition to all of that, we have homework, exams, and projects to do. Have you ever wondered what it is really like to be a college student? 

I am a junior studying mass communication and minoring in social work, plus a part of Concordia University Wisconsin’s Acrobatics & Tumbling team. A day in my life consists of many different things and I am going to give you a little preview of it.  


4:40 A.M. Wake up 

6:00-9:00 A.M. Practice  

9:00 A.M. AT Recovery and Breakfast 

9:30-11:00 A.M. Get ready for the day 

11:30 A.M. Lunch 

12:00-4:00 P.M. Class 

4:15-5:00 P.M. Lift 

5:30 P.M. Dinner 

6:00-10:00 P.M. Homework and Free Time 

Repeat tomorrow! 

When you’re a collegiate athlete, responsibilities and time management are crucial. School, practice, weightlifting, meetings, and all the other demands student athletes face can become exhausting, but we are so much more than just our routine. A student athlete’s commitment is amazing, and Concordia creates an environment that encourages mental and physical growth. 

I live by the mantra, “Drive, discipline, and determination is all it takes.” Each day should include setting goals, following your heart, and not letting anything stop you from achieving your dreams. Remembering why you started helps you succeed; greatness is achieved by working hard. Even when you’re tired and ready to quit, remind yourself that hard work makes champions, and every day is a new day.  

God’s word is always within us, and with him we should not fail. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26. Love what you do because if you don’t, you won’t have the drive to accomplish your goals.

—Paityn Taormina is writer for The Beacon, the official student newspaper of Concordia University Wisconsin. She is a junior mass communications major with a minor in social work.