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Recruited athletes avoid the stresses of senior year


Hard work pays off. That’s a given. April 15, 2015, marks the last day that an athlete can sign their letter of intent play un NCAA Division I sports. For many seniors at Staples, the recruitment process is an extremely stressful and terrifying one. However, for many athletes who have already committed to college, the stress has been alleviated.

Jake Berman ’15, who committed to Bucknell University for track, finds it relieving that he has already been accepted to a college so early in his senior year.

“Getting recruited relieves so much stress because the college process is basically over. You don’t have to take another SAT, and you don’t need to study for hours and hours each night,” Berman said. “Committing to Bucknell has allowed me to relax and enjoy my senior year.”

There are students who, although they committed, will keep up the same work ethic in the classroom.
One of these athletes is Ian Burns ’15 committed to Columbia University for baseball. He chose Columbia because of the school’s great academics, as well as the appeal of attending a school in New York City.

Burns noted how although it is a huge relief to be accepted into a school, he will continue to work hard throughout his senior year.
“It is relieving in terms of the application process, but I put the same pressure on myself (as I did before I committed) in the classroom,” Burns said.

Jordan McNair ’15, who verbally committed to Dartmouth for soccer, believes that since there are no guarantees in Ivy League committing, the stress is still palpable, although it is less than most seniors are enduring.

“Since I went the Ivy route, they can’t give you a strict guarantee that you will get in. They send you a likely letter after you apply basically saying that you are likely to get in,” McNair said. “So, yeah there’s less stress but I wouldn’t say it’s completely stress free.”

However, the lowered levels of stress for these commits was not earned without pressures and tension during recruitment.
Sam Kratky ’15 said from her freshman year up until her junior year, during which she was being recruited for lacrosse at Lehigh University, she felt, “much of the stress that seniors are feeling now.”

However, Kratky is very relieved that she only has to apply to one school now.

“Being committed has made the application process so much less stressful than it usually would be because I only have to apply to one school,” Kratky said.

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Chase Gornbein
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Chase Gornbein ’16 is always looking to push and challenge himself. He likes to test his mental and physical strength whenever possible.

Usually, Gornbein finds his fill of thrill in taking his running to the next level on the track (like with his unreal under-five-minute best mile time). Not only does he enjoy the difficulty of running, but the relaxation it brings along as well.

“I enjoy running because I have the ability to release all of my emotions and let it out on the track,” Gornbein said.

Another way that Gornbein has recently decided to do this is by writing for Inklings. He compares letting his emotions out by running to letting off steam by writing, the only difference being that the track has become the pad of paper.

“I always loved reading the school paper and thought it’d be a really unique experience to try writing for it,” he said.

Although this is his first year as an official Staff Writer, his career actually debuted last year with a story about a Staples student auditioning for “The Voice.”

        Although he started simple, Gornbein’s big dream is to be a journalist for the New York Times.

He hopes that the skills he has developed through challenging himself in running will carry into his writing.

For example, Gornbein says that the discipline he has acquired from running has helped him to “stick to a structure and be organized” in writing. He hopes that his mastered discipline will work to his advantage in someday obtaining a job writing for the New York Times.


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