1. Meet with each of your teachers during office hours at least once in the beginning of semester. Introduce yourself, show them you care, ask them a question or two. You would be shocked how much this can help. I think I only went twice in college (some Ivy Leaguer). Once my grade was pumped up 10 points and once I was given an opportunity to do extra credit which bumped me up two grades. How foolish to only go twice!
2. Do your reading before the class. This has been given by more than one good person as a key to college success. Most won't dare to do it. If you want to be extraordinary do it and you will create separation between you and the student next to you.
3. Don't forget your Faith. College is a time where you can easily stray from your faith, morals and values. Before you go any further, write down your beliefs and values. What are you going to do on a regular to reaffirm these values and beliefs? Go to church each week, get involved in campus ministry, visit your Newman Center, get involved with Athletes in Action or FCA. It's up to you, but do something! Otherwise your foundation will weaken and morals will soften.
4. Make friends with people outside of the team. It is a great advantage to be a part of the team and have friends going in, but sometimes it's refreshing to hang out with people who don't know about wrestling and who don't care! It is a good break mentally, and will open up new connections now and down the road.
5. Don't shoot for a normal college experience, aim higher. I hear all the time from students and wrestlers, "Well I don't want to miss out on the normal college experience." They even have an acronym for it nowadays- FOMO (Fear of Missing out). Why have a normal college experience when you can have an extraordinary college experience kicking butt on the mat and in the classroom. Aim higher!
6. Set academic, career and personal goals. Most college wrestlers set goals for themselves on the mat. Few set goals in the classroom and in life. My dad used to tell me "Don't just be an All American, be an Academic All American." See the goals, create an action plan, follow it, and achieve greatness. See it, Believe it, Achieve it!
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Big congrats to Spencer Lee and Mark Hall for winning Junior World Gold Medals! Spencer Lee overcame a big deficit to win and Mark Hall teched his opponent in 30 seconds!
Quick Notes on Junior World Finals:
1. It doesn't have to be close! Just because you are wrestling a great opponent in the world finals doesn't mean it has to be a barn burner. Always look to dominate!
2. Composure is key! Spencer Lee overcame a late 8-3 deficit to win his 3rd World title. He never panicked, he stayed composed and continued to look to score. Minute 5 looked no different then minute 1 even though he was losing. He pushed the pace early and continued to push the pace late. You could not tell if he was winning or losing the whole match, because of his consistent composure and intensity.
3. Draw First Blood! You hear a lot of people talking about feeling their opponent out early in the match. That is a bunch of garbage! The best wrestlers get after it immediately. Why wait to get to your dominant tie ups and takedowns? "Strike hard, strike first no mercy sir!" -Karate Kid (Cobra Kai). To come out like a man on fire you better have a good warm up/prematch routine!
4. Never stop believing! Spencer Lee was down late in the match, but stayed on the attack and composed like we just mentioned. In the Bronze Medal match before Mark Hall wrestled, the Georgian was losing 9-0. He continued to attack and pinned the Azerbajanian right before the 3 minute mark. Never stop believing!
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