Being an athlete requires juggling a busy schedule between practice, classes, study hall and games, not to mention fitting in the demands of a social life.
Choosing the right place to live, however, can have a dramatic impact in easing some of the pressure.
Many factors can hinder an athlete’s schedule, such as living too far from campus or choosing bad roommates.
Alissa Scott, junior defender on the Texas State soccer team, said her roommates at the Grove have helped her stay on top of an everyday routine.
“It is very helpful to live with them. They know my schedule and understand the strain it puts on my studies,” she said. “They keep me from being late in the mornings or to afternoon practice, and it helps me not to forget when we have things to do for the team.”
Scott explained the coaches require all athletes to live on campus as freshmen, and assign them to live with teammates or other athletes. After living in the dorms the women are free to choose their living assignment.
“This helps to bond us together as a class and gives us people to fall back on and learn with as we transition from living with our parents at home to being on our own in college,” Scott said. “After our first year, they don’t tell us who (with or) where to live. They don’t hold our hands anymore, though I’m sure they’d prefer we lived with teammates to help keep us on track.”
Chandler Coffey, junior safety for Bobcat football, lives in Copper Beech with a number of other Texas State football players. In a four-bedroom town home, Coffey resides with teammate Colby Goodwin, sophomore tight end, and Stuart Smallwood, sophomore golfer.
Coffey said living with a teammate is very beneficial, and Copper Beech has been a good value.
“I like it for the most part,” he said. “It’s conveniently located near campus and the stadium. For the pricing and convenience it’s worth it.”