Embracing transition to college

Iowa State Athletics

Starting school during the summer was a big help in easing the transition for freshmen such as Jadda Buckley.

Hello everyone, my name is Jadda Buckley and I’m a freshman guard at Iowa State University. It’s crazy to think my college career is already off and running. Every incoming freshman hears the talk about the transition from high school to college, but it’s never put into perspective until you’re actually living it every day.

No doubt the senior class here at Iowa State has been nothing but a huge help in easing us freshmen into the routines, customs and habits of the team. Their help throughout the beginning of the year was much needed, whether it was from simple hints like what to wear during practice to a huge heads up on the differences between “Deb time’’ versus “Coach Fen time.”

For those non-Iowa Staters, “Deb time” is named after coach’s wife and means arrive on time for the specific activity. “Coach Fen time,” on the other hand, means although the schedule says 6 p.m., it really means 5:45 p.m., if not earlier!

Regardless, there is no avoiding having those typical freshman moments. Whether it’s leaving a straightening iron on for five hours or burning multiple packets of Easy Mac to more serious matters of forgetting plays -- it all comes with the journey.

One of the biggest adjustments for me was managing a daily routine. It wasn’t just the typical wake up, go to school, go to practice, go home and repeat, like high school. Coming to college, you add lifting workouts, tutor appointments, team dinners, practices, studying and individual time spent in the gym as well. However, once you get a routine down, it’s a blast.

Being able to come to school during the summer was a huge help for us freshmen. Without the chaos of other college students we were lucky enough to figure out the buildings, bus system (which still is a work in progress for me) and summer workouts. The extra few months really helped us get a good idea of what works and what doesn’t before more than 30,000 students invaded campus in the fall.

As far as the on-court transition goes, the faster pace, the new plays, team chemistry and even coaching, it all came eventually and continues to develop every day. Some days are good and some days are tough, but in the end as coach Bill Fennelly always says, you must “embrace the process.”