Katie Wolfe, sophomore elementary education major and defender for the Emporia State women’s soccer team, balances a 3.97 GPA, daily soccer practices and an active social life.
Every weekday, Wolfe is in class from 8 a.m. to noon. She returns home for lunch and homework until she has to goes to practice from 3-5 p.m. She has more practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 a.m.
Before their games had begun, Wolfe said, “whenever we did do conditioning, we would literally do an hour straight of running for morning practices.”
Now that the Lady Hornets are in the middle of their season, conditioning is less of a regular activity. Thursday mornings are typically pre-game practices to prepare the team for the weekend games. Tuesday mornings consist of drills with running.
Wolfe said being an athlete in college is very different than being an athlete in high school because it is a bigger time commitment.
“In college, the practices are longer, harder and more days of the week,” Wolfe said. “I never had practices on the weekend in high school and very rarely had games–and now I have games every Friday night and Sunday and also practices every Saturday.”
Spending this much time with her team has allowed her to build many relationships with other players. Two of her three roommates are also teammates she met last year.
“The best thing about being an athlete is automatically having 20 friends,” Wolfe said. “I get to hang out with those girls for 20 hours a week, and they are some of my best friends, so it’s awesome. Coming in my freshmen year, it was really good to already have a whole bunch of friends.”
Caroline Nick, sophomore secondary math education major and Wolfe’s roommate who isn’t on the soccer team, said she sees how challenging the time commitment can be but, also how it is rewarding.
“I am very supportive of Katie and my other two soccer roommates because I understand how stressful it can be at times with everything that they do,” Nick said.
Wolfe’s daily routine as a student athlete is different from most other students, which can destructively affect her sleeping schedule – especially on days with morning practice.
“I do not have as much time to do homework, so I feel like I’m cramming a lot, and sometimes I feel like I’m not doing my best work because of that but I’ve got a lot better with time management,” Wolfe said.
Once she gets free time at the end of her day, she said she relaxes and watches Netflix or TV.
According to the Emporia States Athletics website, the soccer team’s next home game is this tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Emporia High School’s soccer field.