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The Ten Steps from High School to College

The Ten Steps from High School to College Whether you come from a public, private, or preparatory school every student must make adjustments in order to survive in a college environment. For many, this is the first time away from home and parents and that can be a difficult transition. For those of us that were fortunate enough to attend boarding school, we have conquered a few of the first issues based on the fact that our stomachs are used to non stop dining hall food and we have slept in a cheap metal frame beds with twin mattresses for yea...

Eric Morris Blog Week 12 - Thankful for Wrestling

This year on Thanksgiving I am thankful for wrestling. I believe that it is appropriate for me to be thankful for wrestling because wrestling makes you extremely grateful for what may typically be taken for granted. The discipline and commitments of the sport are more than enough to make us wrestlers extremely grateful on days such as Thanksgiving. The sport of wrestling brings with it many struggles, some people may not have even been able to eat a Thanksgiving meal because they have competition just around the corner. Some wrestlers may have ...

Eric Morris Blog Week 11 - Losses hurt but make you better

To achieve success, a person has to fail along the way. There has never been a professional athlete, or olympian that never once was defeated. Perhaps they were beaten in the practice room, or perhaps they lost in competition, either way there are lessons from losing that every great athlete and person must learn. At my first collegiate tournament I showed great signs of improvement and wrestled well, but I was beaten by last year’s NCAA runner up Matt Brown. I have always hated losing, something many wrestlers can identify with, and ther...

Eric Morris Blog Week 10 - Getting better for March

This past weekend was my first time competing at the collegiate level. As you can imagine, there were many surprises, realizations, and clarifications. Coming into my first tournament I had certain expectations. I expected a serious environment, with intense coaching and wrestlers intently watching every match until their bout. What I found was much different, this tournament was just like every tournament I had been to in my youth. There were just as many wrestlers passed out pillow over face in the back of the gym as there were wrestling on t...

Eric Morris Blog Week 9 - Competition Time

Wrestling is underway, and my first competition will be this coming weekend. There are an array of feelings as I approach my first college competition. I feel a bit nervous, but more excited and prepared. I've been looking forward to this moment since I was a youth wrestler. My goals are high, but I don't feel as much pressure. I know that this whole season is preparation for March and that every week until then I will build up the tools I need to make it to the top of the podium. That being said, I hate losing, and there's no way I will plan f...

Eric Morris Blog Week 8 - Priority

    Today in class I learned that the human brain is only capable of thinking about seven items at once. In college there are times when you're responsible for about fifteen at once. Prioritizing is no longer an option so there comes a choice of what must be done and what can be done another day. As wrestling season approaches, midterms also get closer, and the race that is wrestling season begins. I am excited to continue to record my thoughts and experiences during the season this year, but for now I must get back to the other ...

Eric Morris Blog Week 7 - 2013/2014 Wrestling Season is here

This past week marked our start to season. All the preparation and energy spent getting ready for this moment and now its here. I look around my team and I see a whole host of emotions when the upcoming season is discussed. I see nervousness and even nostalgia from last season amongst the team, but more than anything I see excitement. We train all our lives to compete. When you think about it, we put hours and hours of work, sweat, and blood into just seven minutes of wrestling. We might work for two hours on one position in practice just on th...

Eric Morris Week 6 Blog "The Stadium"

  Tradition is a huge part of any university. There is history behind each statue, building, and sports facility at Harvard. There are all kinds of traditions here; traditions among the students, traditions among teams, and even traditions between roommates or friends. These traditions can range from jumping into a river to running every section of the stands at the football stadium. This past Friday, I participated in the latter tradition. Running a full stadium has been a tradition of the wrestling team as well as other Harvard athletic...

Eric Morris Week 4 - Reflection on recruiting

       The past few weeks of college have brought to me feelings of both unfamiliarity and nostalgia. As the recruiting process comes to a high point for current seniors in high school, I reflect upon my experiences before entering Harvard. I remember my college visits, my experiences, and my reasoning for choosing the college I did. I am fortunate that I can look back upon those times and smile at the fond memories I made on each visit.      The recruiting period is a time like no other; it is a time where y...

Eric Morris Week 3 Blog - A support system to overcome challenges

    It seems like just yesterday I was starting to write my last entry, but here I am a week later. This week has been the toughest since I've been here. Classes are in full swing, preseason is in full effect, and lifting and wrestling never ended. For me, college and high school couldn't be more different, and coming from a prep school kid that's a bit humorous. It's not that I wasn't doing a lot of the same activities in high school; it's more like those same activities have been intensified five times over. I remember when two or ...

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