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kctennis34kctennis34 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited January 2008 in Lafayette College
Just wondering if there are any Laf student athletes out there... I'm afraid if I go to laf I'd have a hard time managing school with demanding DI schedules.. How much time do students usually get to balance activities with studies?
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  • SweetComedyGirlSweetComedyGirl Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    Hey there,
    I as well am an aspiring athlete at Lafayette. So far I've spoken to the tennis coach, did the whole video thing, and he has advised me to go to tryouts and see what happens.
    That's a good question you've proposed, but since its such a small school and there are so many division I sports, I automatically assumed that a majority of the students will play sports, and one of the greatest things that they stressed during the information session is that "Lafayette students are great time-managers." So, I'd assume it'll be tough; yet managable, but most of all rewarding.
  • candyman92486candyman92486 User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 916 Member

    About 20% of students participate in one of our 23 Division I sports. SweetComedyGirl is right...Lafayette student-athletes are some of the best time managers on campus. They know that any "free time" during the week should really be "work time," and study accordingly.

    Although I decided against joining the Varsity fencing team, I do know many student-athletes. They all manage to get their work done (even our Engineers!) and still find time to enjoy themselves. Involvement in a sport simply limits the opportunity for students to get involved in many other extracurriculars.

    I should also mention that professors are very accommodating. Provided you hand them your game/travel schedule, they'll excuse you from class when necessary. You are, of course, still expected to make up any missed work.

    It's definitely manageable...even if you aren't the best budgeter of time, I've heard you learn quickly! Worse case scenario: you try it for a year and decide whether or not you can handle the demands of a DI sport.

    - Justin
  • kctennis34kctennis34 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Hey Candyman, Thanks!

    You heard that "I" was a quick learner? Anyways, thank you so much.. If there are any other students out there, it'd be nice to have another first hand.

    This question might seem a little broad, and to be honest, I quit reading the other threads on Lafayette after the millionth page. But, what would you say the number one reason to go to Lafayette would be? I'm sure there is certainly not a one sentence answer, but it'd be interesting to see what students think.

    I'm really considering this school.. and I just want to make sure my guts leading me in the right direction.

    :] Kc.
  • candyman92486candyman92486 User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 916 Member

    I guess that quick subject shift wasn't clear, eh? By "you" I was, of course, referring to people (in general). Maybe you really are a quick learner, but how in the world would I know that? ;-P

    I don't blame you for quitting "after the millionth page." There's certainly some great information contained within various Lafayette threads, but reading through it all in one sitting can be daunting!

    Number one reason in my book for attending Lafayette (which, sadly, you can't experience until you're actually here): it boasts large university resources while retaining its small college feel. Our study abroad, internship, and research opportunities are truly top-notch and cater to students of all interests. As for our sense of community, I continue to marvel at the way students, professors, administrators, and alumni all contribute to this place. Everyone really seems to love their time on campus, and it makes for a consistently engaging atmosphere. My response may sound a bit cheesy, but I think it captures what Lafayette is all about.

    A gut instinct is definitely a powerful tool when evaluating potential colleges, Kc. Use it well!

    - Justin
  • kctennis34kctennis34 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Haha, that is true. Thanks for the info anyways, its been helpful.
  • boysx3boysx3 Registered User Posts: 5,164 Senior Member
    What can you tell me about the men's soccer team? Is it possible to walk on, or do players need to be recruited?
  • candyman92486candyman92486 User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 916 Member

    As you probably already know, Lafayette prides itself on having a competitive DI Patriot League team. I have a good number of soccer players living in my building, and it seems they are always traveling or practicing. It takes a ton of work to stay on top!

    Your son would not be able to just walk on. If he is interested in learning more about the team and the recruitment process, he should immediately get in contact with the Assistant Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, Bryan Laut, at lautb@lafayette.edu.

    Just to get the ball rollin', be sure he registers with the NCAA Clearinghouse: https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/student/index_student.html. That needs to be done before anything else, and Coach Laut will most likely ask if he has already completed the appropriate forms.

    - Justin
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