Erika Joseph, Women's Basketball Blog No. 1

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ErikaJoseph2Hello all! My name is Erika Joseph and I am a freshman on the Women's Basketball team here at Western Carolina. I am from Atlanta, GA, born and raised. My favorite color is purple and I like the smell of the air after it has freshly rained. 

I am used to the hustle and bustle of city life, but am slowly adapting to life here at my new home in Cullowhee.  This is my first of many blog posts. I hope I can give some insight in to what it's like being a student athlete, specifically from a freshman's point of view.

My first adventure began with attending summer school in the 'Whee for the month of July.  Let me tell you...this was a summer I'll never forget!

All four freshmen women's basketball players were here on campus:  Lindsey Burleson (aka LB), Lindsay Simpson (aka AY), Brianne Mack (aka Bri), and myself in one suite.  It was like a sleepover every day! We each had our own room and shared one bathroom, and a living room. We stayed at the Central Residence hall here on campus.  Most would shutter at the thought of four girls living in one space for a long period of time, however, I could honestly say that we had no problems at all. We all genuinely liked each other and knew how to have fun together. 

Bri, LB, and I even spent some time in the studio putting a few rhymes together. We produced our platinum single "Cat-Tran Mercy" this summer and our album will be dropping sometime this fall.  Be on your toes.

Now for the schooling part; I had two classes, a health/nutrition class at 8:00 am and a communications class at 10:15am. In true freshman style we got lost on our way to class on the first day and, of course, arrived late. Upon entering the classroom we were all sweaty and frazzled from running around campus and all eyes were on us...Talk about a grand entrance. Nicely done ladies... nicely done.

Both classes were full of athletes so you know there was never a dull moment in class. It was really neat getting to know the other athletes.  Most of the time, we hung out with our male counterparts, the freshmen from the men' basketball team.  They are all pretty cool dudes and like us, each one of them has their own distinct personality. When different personalities meet, fun times are bound to be created. We took them under our wings as our little brothers because they shared our mutual love of basketball and honestly, because they needed our help.

Getting around campus was a breeze. The first couple of weeks we tried to walk everywhere we went. However, somewhere in between that walk all the way from Central to Ramsey in the pouring rain, or the blazing sun, we realized this was not going to be a realistic approach. I ended up driving us around campus the majority of the summer. While this was definitely hard on gas, it saved us a lot of time and headache.

After class we would have the rest of the day to do whatever we wanted...SIKE!!  I wish! Our afternoons were packed like a can of sardines.  We'd have lunch, then an hour of mandatory AEP, which is a study hall for athletes. I can't tell you how many times I sprinted up those endless steps to the cafe in hopes to get a decent meal without having to spend money (the cafe has set meal hours in the summer), especially when my activities on campus had me running late.

Things I learned in summer school:

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS carry a rain jacket or an umbrella. Apparently it rains at random times of the day here in Cullowhee, and no one wants to get caught in the middle of a tsunami, so you always want to be prepared.

Don't go grocery shopping while you're hungry. You'll end up buying the whole store.

DECLINING BALANCE IS A GOD SEND!!!! Cannot tell you how clutch our DB was! It came in handy those nights we missed dinner at the café or when we wanted a bite to eat in between classes!

Be nice to the Cat Tran drivers! You never know when you will need one of them to be your knight in shining armor saving you from walking in the rain!

To close, being able to attend summer school was such a blessing. I didn't want to go back home! After leaving, I felt like I had a leg up in the college world. I got to meet new people, bond with my teammates and learned a few things along the way! What more could a girl ask for?

Until next time live everyday like EJ

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