For all of our incoming athletes out there, this one is for you! To adjust well to the new climate and elevation in Prescott AZ, the best advice that I can give comes from personal experience so listen up!
The most effective and fast way to acclimate is to drink water, lots of it. Additionally, make sure you are getting at least eight hours of sleep. Do not cut your sleep short, if you are running out of time to do homework then its your fault for not budgeting time well. So alter your daily patterns NOT your sleep patterns. Altering sleep patterns affects your athletic performance and it is easily noticeable on the field.
To avoid this situation don’t hang out with people until your work is done, you are here for school and if you do poorly in school then you may be dropped from your chosen sports program or from ROTC. There is no excuse for bad grades during freshman year, if your grades are bad its a problem with you and nothing else. Blame yourself and then fix the problem by spending your time more wisely. You can still have fun and be a responsible adult, trust me, it worked for me.
The last tip is to eat well. Focus on eating a balanced diet with three meals a day and at least two snacks. This diet will keep up your metabolism so you aren’t hungry all the time and it will help prevent illness by helping your immune system as well. Do not fall into the trap of poor eating habits because your parents aren’t around anymore, ultimately you will suffer if you do. Poor nutrition also shows in your performance on the field so be extremely cautious about balancing meals.
Well, I hope that helps! Please comment below if you have any questions or suggestions for our incoming freshman, and of course, good luck to everyone!! It will be a fun year for you!