My name is Andrew Bake and I am a Student Athlete at Santa Clara competing on the Rowing team here. There are 350 student athletes at Santa Clara totalling about 5% of the undergraduate population. Being a student athlete in a university setting is a great honor because I get to represent Santa Clara at one of the most competitive levels of athletics.
Being involved in the Rowing team has added to my college experience immensely by surrounding me with committed student athletes who I have learned valuable leadership and time management skills from. These skills come in handy for Rowing because the leadership skills have allowed me to manage interpersonal conflict on the team more effectively. The time I spend between practice and training is around twenty hours a week with morning and afternoon practices five times a week. I have found that this rigorous schedule forces me to be very disciplined in managing my time which is split between practice and school as well as other extracurricular activities.
Being a student athlete is also being a part of the athletics community which here at Santa Clara is very strong. There is a large game day spirit which makes it very fun to go cheer on fellow student athletes and in turn have your friends and other students go cheer you on at your games.
Whatever level of athletics you choose to get involved in at Santa Clara whether it be Intramural, Club or Division I, representing Santa Clara at any level of sports is something to be proud of and I hope that many of you will also try to get involved in the sports scene. It is a great way to feel involved on campus and make friends.
** If interested in hearing more about Andrew's experience on crew read his past blog here.