Hey everyone, Noah Bridges here. Today I wanted to talk about something that's been on my mind a lot lately - balancing academics and athletics at UNCW.

Being a student-athlete is no easy feat. It requires dedication, time management, and discipline. When I first arrived on campus as a freshman, I knew that it was going to be challenging to juggle both schoolwork and baseball practice. But I was determined to make it work.

One of the biggest challenges for me has been finding enough time in the day to get everything done. Between early morning workouts, classes throughout the day, afternoon practices, and study sessions in the evening, there never seems to be enough hours in the day.

But despite these challenges, being a student-athlete has taught me some valuable lessons. It's taught me how to prioritize my time effectively and stay organized with my schedule. It's also taught me how important it is to communicate with my professors when conflicts arise due to games or travel schedules.

I've had some incredible opportunities as a student-athlete at UNCW. From traveling across the country for games against top-ranked teams to representing our university on the field, every moment has been worth it.

Of course, there have been tough times too - late-night study sessions before exams after long road trips or struggling through an assignment between doubleheaders on game days. But through it all, I've learned that perseverance pays off in more ways than one.

Balancing academics and athletics isn't easy by any means but knowing that I have an amazing support system of teammates who understand what I'm going through makes all the difference.

In conclusion

So here we are – another semester completed successfully while still managing sports commitments! As much as people often underestimate us athletes’ intelligence because they see us only sweating out during matches; life behind-the-scenes involves equal hard work split between hitting books & training grounds!

Thank you for taking this journey with me today as we explored what goes into balancing academics alongside athletic endeavors at UNCW! Stay tuned for more insights into life under those bright stadium lights soon!