How to make the most of first year when you’re studying sport and exercise

By Jarrod Cowley – UTS Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science graduate (2017)

“Sport is a major part of my lifestyle. I can’t say I’ve regretted a single day of this course as it has furthered my knowledge and love for sport more than I would have thought possible.”

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Your first year of uni can be very daunting especially coming into Sport and Exercise Science where there are so many new terms and content that you must learn!

Remember your reasons for taking on your degree

No matter how scary it may be, you must remember the reason you are doing this course is because of your love for sport and dream to pursue a career in it and further your knowledge.

In order to do this, there is one easy thing you must do: You need to put in as much work as you wish to get out of it. It is as simple as that.

Ask questions

You will come to know that your tutors are some of the best in the business (some are world renowned – like Prof Aaron Coutts who has published more than 150 journal articles on Sport Science) and have amazing connections in the sporting world in regard to the science or the strength and conditioning side of it. This means you can pick their brains on topics like career pathways, or simply knowledge about a certain type of training or muscle.

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There are endless questions, but I guarantee you the tutors absolutely love them as it shows them the next up-and-coming experts in the field.

Some may even offer work experience with professional teams they work with – John Quinn, who leads the Strength and Conditioning subject, works for the Greater Western Sydney Giants and is always looking for volunteers to help him and gain experience.

If you are in a course you love, the work is a breeze

Which leads to my next point, uni may seem challenging but if you are in a course you love, the work is a breeze as you can always relate it back to personal experience (especially in sport science).

When I was finishing my final year, I almost wished I could go back to first year to ask all my tutors questions upon questions to test their knowledge and increase mine, as it makes learning this content a lot easier then it seems.

Sport is a major part of my lifestyle. I can’t say I’ve regretted a single day of this course as it has furthered my knowledge and love for sport more than I would have thought possible.

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