The Beatles 1967 hit, “A Day In The Life” is no more, no less chaotic than the day-to-day life of a student athlete. Their schedules are packed tight, with morning classes followed by practices, workouts and studying. The academic and seasonal weeks of a college athlete entail deep focus, discipline and long hours, among other items on the agenda.
Thomas Lundin, CSU senior and long-term member of the swimming & diving team, offers an insight into his day-to-day life, including specific challenges and rewarding aspects of being a part of the CSU swimming and diving team.
Lundin was named an All-American in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard medley relay before he began at Cleveland State University. Throughout his four years at CSU, he has continued to flourish, having swam in three events at the Horizon League Championship last year, and placing 12th and 13th in the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly.
The swimmer emphasized the commitment and discipline his schedule requires from him. He believes that what he is challenged with on a weekly basis is better preparing him not only for the following weeks, but for years to come.
Lundin explains that being a student athlete is like a full-time job, he is required to practice 20 hours a week paired with school. He often will start his day with a swim, followed by a workout, and will fit school in whatever window he can find.
“There is always an adjustment period at the start of every season,” began Lundin. “I have to relearn how to find that balance again.
He adds that constant travel is a part of his routine, which can sometimes be exhausting.
“Having to pick up and leave during the week is difficult. You have to sacrifice a lot of time and adapt to a new place and routine.”
Despite the challenge, Lundin shares that the experience has prepared him to adjust to whatever life throws at him, beyond academics and athletics.
“A huge benefit of athletics is that no matter where you go, you will automatically have a group of people supporting you from day one,” Lundin said. “There are a lot of ups and downs, just like in life. Athletics falls in the same way, but making sure to cherish the sport you love through adversity is key.”
Truly, the life of a student athlete is equally demanding and rewarding. Although it can cause stress, it also teaches young-adults how to strike a work-life balance and find strength, not only in their specific sport, but in every aspect of life.
“Throughout my four years, I found new ways to push myself to reach my goals academically and in sport,” Lundin said. “I believe this experience will prepare me for what is to come in the next chapters of my life.”
Thomas, along with the rest of the men’s swimming & diving team, will next participate in the Magnus Cup starting at 9.am. on Nov. 16 through Nov. 19 at Busbey Natatorium.