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First Year Finds Balance

(Megan Rigney / Index)

During the final months of her senior year of high school, Hannah Kline ‘18 decided to play volleyball at Kalamazoo College.

Kline arrived on campus with the intention of being pre-med, but after taking Evolution and Genetics she realized that she didn’t enjoy science as much as she did in high school.

“College academics are definitely a step up from high school; there is no easy A,” said Kline. “Part of the reason why Kalamazoo College is so great is that it allows people to have time to grow and to figure out their strengths and weaknesses, which can then be used to set goals and a plan to achieve them. It is important to take advantage of these opportunities, especially as a first year.”

“Volleyball would practice two hours a day during the week and then we would have Saturday tournaments. Away games during the week were especially hard. There were a few times when the team wouldn’t get back to campus until 11 p.m. and then I would still have homework to do,” said Kline.

To manage academics and sports, Kline kept a daily routine that she forced herself to stick to. “It was hard to juggle both academics and the team, especially in the Fall of first-year, but it was most definitely worth it.”

The team finished with 6th place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

“The social lives of the athletes and non-athletes are segregated,” said Kline. “We’re like one big happy family and I couldn’t imagine life here without them.”

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First Year Finds Balance