NU student athletes hold high academic standards

As a collegiate student athlete, hard work and dedication are key elements to being successful in both the classroom and on the field. Despite having to balance both academics and athletics, many student athletes were able to receive academic honors this fall semester.

 “As a two-sport athlete, I have always put my academics before anything” said Josh Menge, 21, a senior criminal justice major from Hagaman, N.Y., who participates in both football and lacrosse. “Even though sports have gotten me pretty far in life, I have always been aware that getting a good education and maintaining a good GPA is what is most important to me and my future,” he said.

Student athletes, Emily Colesworthy (left) and Amber Carini (right) study in the computer lab (Norwich University Photography)

Student athletes, Emily Colesworthy (left) and Amber Carini (right) study in the computer lab (Norwich University Photography)

Throughout the nation, there are thousands of student athletes who achieve great things both with games and with the books, but what makes many individuals here at Norwich University unique is that outside of the academic and athletic responsibilities, they have obligations for the military as well.

“Playing football in the fall, being a lacrosse captain in the spring, and having obligations for the Marine Corps, definitely makes my life always busy,” said Nate Fortezzo, a 22-year-old a senior engineering management major from Branford, Conn. “Even though at some points during the semester things can get crazy as far as my schedule goes, for the most part I can make everything work.”

Fortezzo, who has a contract for the Marine Corps, believes that ever since he was given a contract it has given him more motivation to maintain a high GPA.

“Getting good grades has always been important to me. But being academically eligible to play an NCAA sport requires only a 2.0 GPA. With the Marine Corps, they have pushed me to my fullest and have kept me motivated to get the best grades possible,” Fortezzo stated.

Some student-athletes generally do not like to take on a large work load while they are in-season in order to balance their academic and athletic interests.

“As an architecture major I make sure that I take the classes that are harder in fall semester so I don’t have to worry about them in the spring because of lacrosse,” said Caitlyn Trepess, 20, a junior from Scotia, N.Y. She believes that student athletes not only have to be good in the classroom but also need to possess a high degree of organization.

“I think it’s all about time management in my personal opinion,” Trepess said. “Being an athlete, especially in-season, it’s all about how you manage your time outside of class, practice, and traveling for games and what you can manage to get done in the times in between those classes.”

In order to use all of the time efficiently, a bit of motivation is required. Some student athletes here at Norwich use similar methods of motivation that they would use in athletics to get things done in the classroom as well.

“I use the same approach to school work as I would to approaching a game” explained Andrew Dustin, a 20-year-old junior criminal justice major from Canterbury, N.H. who has achieved academic honors here at Norwich as a two-season athlete, playing both soccer and lacrosse.
“I view school work as a game,” he said, “If you put forth the effort and get a good grade then you win. Just like in sports, you got to put in the time and effort to get to where you want to be.” For Dustin, there is no difference in the way he conquers sports and classes.

In order to achieve academic honors along with rugby obligations, Andrew Guldin believes that staying organized is the key to success. “What I normally do is keep a calendar in my room and make sure I write everything down that I need to do,” said Guldin, a 21-year-old junior criminal justice major from Waterford, N.J.

“With that, I don’t just write school things that I need to do, but I also write things down that have to do with rugby, any Air Force obligations I have, or just regular things that I need to get done. Here I have every task I need to get done right in front of me,” he said.


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