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Academy of Art - Be Artist. Be Athlete.


By Samm McAlear
Blog Image I don’t even know where time has gone. Today was our first day of school, which means I’m one day closer to baseball season.

I’ve been waiting for this day all summer, working my butt off to get myself healthy enough to compete at a high level again.

To give you a little background, I had to redshirt last year because of problems with the discs in my back. Every single day of the year consisted of class and rehab/treatment, and it got old real fast.

But I knew that if I wanted to play again, I had to put in the work. That work carried over into the summer, and is now continuing into this school year. I’m not going to let that frustrate me. I know I have work left to do, but with the new year comes the ability to set new goals for myself.

I want to not only become healthy enough to be back on the field with my teammates this year, but I also want to lead my team in GPA and make the PacWest All Conference Academic team for a third consecutive year.

Last year showed me that there is more to college than just baseball. Having to redshirt and watch my team compete from the sidelines definitely opened my eyes to life on the other side, and as disappointing as it was, some positives came out of it including excelling in my classes both semesters.

What most of us don’t realize is that we are so blessed to be able to compete in our respective sports at the college level. This opportunity is something children everywhere grow up dreaming of, the chance of a lifetime.

What most of us fail to realize is that we are a student first, and an athlete second. I would never say that I’ve put baseball before school, but last year really opened my eyes up to just how important the school side of things are. In an instant you could get hurt and never be able to play sports again. Then what will you do? Will you be ready? I know I will!

I can’t wait to give you guys a little insight on what life is like for a student-athlete at an art school, where my homework involves drawing, and creating things instead of algebra and chemistry!

Go Urban Knights!


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