My name is Andrew Bake, I am an international student athlete here at Santa Clara University. I have lived in many countries throughout my childhood but my family and I currently reside in London, England. Being an international student has given me an interesting perspective on life at SCU. Although I have attended The American School in each of the countries that I lived in I have been fortunate enough to interact with many different cultures and types of people throughout my life. Being a student athlete at SCU has been a fantastic experience for me. I find that the experience is very rewarding and has been beneficial both to my social life and my educational studies. Rowing at Santa Clara has afforded me the privilege of meeting some of my closest friends. I have no doubt that the people I have encountered because of being on the Crew team at Santa Clara University will be my lifelong friends.
Being a student-athlete at Santa Clara has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, both socially and academically.
At first as an international student arriving from overseas I was very apprehensive to become a part of the Broncos family. We met a week early and spent the first week training and working out as a team so at the beginning of the school year, we were already a close knit community. This set me up well for the school year as our coach discouraged us from joining greek life meaning that as we continued to spend time together in social events, we became closer as a team, further strengthening our bond.
While it has been physically demanding and sometimes exhausting I have learned to manage my time better and feel that I would struggle to complete my work on time without the structure provided by crew.
The practice schedule consists of waking up at 5:30 six times a week for water practice and then exercise or lift weights in the afternoons. The time commitment is roughly three hours a day making it a very manageable schedule even if you want to join other clubs. We also do rowing regattas off campus but those are mainly centered during the weekends in the spring and you only travel three or four weekends out of the year.
While it has been a fantastic experience for me there are a whole host of options for people who don’t want to get fully involved in a Division 1 sport. We have club teams which are often times equally as competitive as the athletics programs. Additionally there are a large number of intramural sports as well as a fully outfitted gym.
Whatever level of commitment you want to engage in, Santa Clara has an option for you to be athletic and meet new people!