“Being in the nursing program here while playing tennis was a huge factor in my choosing Concordia,” says Melanie Gail, Madison, Minn.
For Gail, not doing one or the other is a forever-missed opportunity.
“College is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I think you need to participate in the things you may never have a chance to do again, like play on a varsity team.”
Going to tennis practice is Gail’s stress reliever.
“I’m able to forget all my assignments and responsibilities for a couple of hours every day,” she says. “And my coach always emphasizes that academics come before tennis, so I know he’s supportive of my education.”
Being able to fit tennis into the rigor and time demands of the nursing program is doable, says Gail, as long as a person has good time management skills and keeps his or her priorities straight.
“The nursing faculty are great. They know that tennis teaches good lessons about teamwork and being able to focus under pressure,” says Gail. “I think both fit together for good career preparation.”