Balano's First Blog

By Derek Lau

SO…I’m walking down Haight with my buddy BD (not even his initials but…) on my final Friday routine of blueberry pancakes at one of my favorite eateries, before the start of the fall semester.  With a full compliment of strength and conditioning activities and coaching football…well…let’s just say those Friday excursions to the Haight aren’t happening anytime soon…boo. 

ANYWHO…BD is an interesting cat…lived life, dig?  Been sober now 6-years…ain’t had a drop (yeah, I’m an academic and I used “ain’t” and it’s my Blog so a hearty Bronx Cheer to those aghast)…I have deep respect for him…know a lot of folks who tried and couldn’t…oh, to the point…he started out wanting to major in Kinesiology but, through classes and exposing himself to the possibilities found a true passion for numbers…took a physics class and got hooked…line…sinker…and all. 

NOW…BD is fully engaged as an engineering major…which got me thinking…it’s the Student Experience that counts…it’s about interacting with the diverse population here at City College of San Francisco…its faculty (did you know we have more PhDs than any other junior college in the state?)…the support system here for student success…the tutoring…the labs…the counseling…even the new Veteran’s Center in Cloud Hall…numerous clubs…and countless other invaluable entities…all here…right here…enriching the student experience…allowing all attending classes the opportunity to explore…all a person has to do is open their peepers to the possibilities….no matter a person’s past…there is a greater history not yet written. 

WELL…what I am saying is that too often athletes forget the student part…they let the shadows of the past obscure their view…life is all about competing…that means in the class room…not just on the field…or courts…or track…its ALL about the Student Experience…a true student-athlete is a scary thing…because basically, they are in charge…they get to pick and choose because…they can…and when it’s all said and done…a pretty nice life…period…end of story. 

OH…and before I check out…back to BD…before y’all think he’s just some random dude…he’s won a National Championship in an individual sport, too…and he’ll become an engineer…and he’ll have that nice life that all our City College of San Francisco student-athletes dream of…and he and I will be walking in the Haight…coming back from blueberry packsacks…only this time he’ll buy…’cause he’ll be that engineer…and one thing I know…from my Student Experience…is that they make more than us strength and conditioning coaches.... 

…I ought to know…after all…I’m a professional. 
 

(Kudos to one of my favorite authors, Hunter S. Thompson, for that last line which I unabashedly used)

You are signed in as:anonymous
No comments yet