Soccer has been a big part of my life… a whole 12 years of it. This year I decided it was time to roll down the socks, unstrap the shinpads, pull the laces from my boots and have a year-long break so I could enjoy sleep-ins and having that extra little bit of time for study on weekends.
Apart from the many embarrassing memories of mis-kicks and clumsy falls (yes, there was more than one!), I got a lot out of playing soccer, because it has always been more than just a sport for me. Thanks to the many awesome people involved, playing soccer provided me with a whole new community and the opportunity to learn life lessons by being part of a team.
A massive kick later and the soccer ball has rolled into my life as a uni student, along with some team-spirit, and this is how…
On the field without the help of my coach, my skills probably wouldn’t have improved. Likewise, at university I have found it important to take on board any advice my lecturers give. After all, they have a lot more experience ‘in the field’ than I do and following their guidance help me to adopting the tricks of the trade!
Working as a team
Co-operating with others was a fundamental aspect of playing soccer, while support within the team was the key to our successes. These teamwork skills have proven beneficial to establishing life as a uni student given that there are many occasions when you have to work within a group. Whether it be the extremes of a group assignment or simply a class group activity, collaboration is significant if you plan on achieving your study goals. I have team sports to thank for getting me out of my control-freak ways (although some may argue I still am one) and for teaching me the nuts and bolts of working as a team to produce something better than what could be achieved alone. I’ll let you in on a secret… uni is so much more FUN when you have people to complete it with!
Approaching new people
Throughout the soccer season, there are many people on the opposing team you don’t know. Some may have thought it was an evil plot for distraction, but I would take advantage of the ball being up the other end of the field to have a chat to someone from the other team. All of a sudden it hits you that you CAN be friends with someone you are in competition with. I know that once I graduate, all my classmates are going to be looking for a job around the same time I am. Because of this, it isn’t unreasonable to experience some rivalry within the cohort, but, just like making conversation in a soccer match, we are all in the game together so why not enjoy each other’s company?
With uni being the key to my dream career, I feel I need others more than ever to reach my goal. Thanks to the USQ community, I feel very much supported in this.
As the title of John Maxwell’s book reads, ‘Teamwork makes the Dreamwork,’ and I can hardly wait until I reach the last page!
Feel free to share how your team sport involvement has set you up as an awesome uni student!