Work. Study. Play Volleyball.

Jason Elzinga playing volleyballAn award-winning varsity athlete with a 95.6 per cent average shows us that it is possible to attain a life/school balance while in university.

Fourth-year Kinesiology student Jason Elzinga was recently awarded the President's Outstanding Scholar-Athlete award a second time for top academic average as a male undergraduate varsity athlete. Jason plays varsity volleyball for Waterloo Warriors while balancing his academics and social life.

Jason believes that his volleyball commitment is actually beneficial to his academics because it encourages him to use his free time wisely. He plans ahead by studying for tests a week in advance, and creating a calendar with his class timetable, volleyball schedule, and assignment due dates. This visual helps him prioritize and see when he has time to work and time to play.

Jason’s organizational strategies such as his calendar and “to do” lists help keep him on task and up-to-date in his classes. This allows him to get more out of lectures and helps him with exams.  He also gives credit to his friends and teammates for supporting him and his commitments, giving him advice about courses they’ve taken, and never pressuring him to sacrifice his sports or academics.

As a first-year, everything seems a little overwhelming, but having a group of older guys on the team who had experience in university was very helpful.

Jason recognizes the importance of a social life for stress management and for simple happiness. When he feels like he has enough on his plate, Jason knows when to say “no” to more commitments to ensure he doesn't sacrifice the quality of his work.

Jason has recently applied to medical school, which he hopes to attend after graduation. To learn more about Warrior student-athletes who are on the academic honour roll, visit the Waterloo Warriors website

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