If you ever played college tennis, what item/hobby did give up?

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  1. Overdrive

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    In my opinion, college tennis requires time, money, and dedication (among other qualities).

    When you first started playing college tennis, did you have to give up something that you have done before?

    For example, I had to give up video games and television (professional tennis excluded). It was hard, but taking 15 credit hours of classes plus getting high marks made doing everything impossible.
     
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  2. gavna

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    Nope not really...........practice was 1-5pm - still had time to eat, do some study time then go out with the swim team (biggest freaking bunch of crazies and best group to hang with - I dunno how the hell swimmers do it........6am practice, afternoon practice.....then party like its the end of the world!)

    Travel was a killer when we had week long trips - missed some holidays with college tourneys in fall, winter...etc. that sucked and killed ski trips during Xmas and spring break.

    Still caught basketball games and of course football - when you have both your basketball and football teams in the top 5 you're not going to miss games!
     
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  3. NotSoSuper

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    I have 6am practices.. in addition to team work outs in the afternoon, with class in between.. Pretty much given up TV and sleep.
     
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    Really?

    Practice is 2-5 here..

    See, I don't do that.. I maintained a high GPA, working, and tennis. That other crap is just a waste of time and energy.

    Eh, I didn't see the other sports play. But, I should balance my social life though.
     
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    6 am practice? Why so early?

    You should have a healthy sleep pattern. At least 7-8 hours of sleep.
     
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    I didn't really give anything up I've done before to play college tennis so much as I missed out on doing things in the first place because of tennis. I didn't have the time to commit to pledging a fraternity (athletes I knew who went greek usually ended up quitting the sport). Travel during the season was tough on your social life and spring break meant a long road trip with the team instead of partying in Panama City Beach/South Padre Island/Cancun like everyone else. Academically I had to load up on labs and tougher classes in the fall semester but didn't have to take summer classes or take a victory lap (5th year) to graduate.
     
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    Nope - we weren't going to miss the best part of college. Playing and studying was hard enough we were not going to miss out on the fun part!!!!

    We had at least 4 to 5 trips in the fall and spring with meets across the country - those were killer as we would miss a full week - in 4 yrs I did not have a single spring break nor an Xmas holiday longer than 2 days.
    Add to that playing in Europe all summer in club league and tourneys trying to get points - still tons of fun.
     
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    Hmm.. fraternities...

    Well, there isn't anything wrong with having 'fun'' I guess. :p
     
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    Because we do not have courts on our campus, so in order to reserve all the court we need, and fit around all our class schedules it needs to be that early.
     
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    Just curious, how long has it been that you have given up all of these things for college tennis?
     
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    Yeah, our courts are across the freaking street.It is not even the school's courts, it is the local fitness center's.. :mad:

    A few months. I did type in past and present tense, but it has been a few months since I have given up my hobbies.
     
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    Well, it was mostly past tense so a bit confusing.

    Good luck though and hopefully you will get the most out of college- both academically and tennis-wise.

    I would note that college tennis doesn't necessarily require money- in fact, many folks play on scholarship and even those who don't, usually get perks -- such as free or discounted equipment (strings, rackets, sneakers, etc.) and school benefits like free tutoring.
     
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    Yeah, I didn't mean to do that. I was going to edit it, but whatever.

    Thanks. The classes are insultingly easy and I'm not having any trouble. I try to get a decent amount of sleep to avoid exhaustion during the day. Well, the racquets I play with are pretty hard to find now.. I haven't asked my coach about the perks.. I usually play with a preferred co-poly with two of my racquets and will eventually use gut on the remaining six. Hopefully, I should get free tutoring..
     
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    nothing really, coach understood my grades were my priority so he didn't enforce me to practice with the team. I was the only one with a top GPA lol
     
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    Good job!

    Sorry about you were the only one with a top GPA..

    My old high school team had about 4 people who were top 3%.
     
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    In my high school years, tennis had the highest GPA out of all the sports lol. I think it averaged about a 4.4 GPA. College was a totally different story. My teammates were there to play tennis, I was there to study and tennis for fun.
     
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    Yeah, so did my team. :lol:

    On the teammates part, I completely understand. I was sitting in orientation and the professors put up a survey by texting a number to another number. The question was: "Why are you going to college?"

    The majority of the answers were sports (softball, basketball, and volleyball), troll responses, and 'because I have to'. They didn't even help out the teachers in their survey. The peanut gallery was running amok in that room....

    There were NO responses for tennis! NONE! I wasn't surprised though.
     
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