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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
grocery shopping while you're hungry. You'll end up buying the whole store.
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!
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!
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