Contrary to popular belief, college and university is not all about going to classes, doing homework and partying. At least, it wasn’t for me.
When I was in school, I attended my classes, did my homework and hung out with friends watching movies, playing video games or playing pool, but I never attended any parties (except for one).
I never saw the point of going to parties, getting drunk and making a complete fool of myself, or going to parties, not drink (which I don’t really drink anyways) and watch other people getting drunk and making a fool of themselves.
But, one thing I did do is play recreational sports that were offered at the school.
In my first year of university, I found out about their recreational ice hockey leagues. They had three leagues, the men’s, women’s and co-ed. Now, I’ve been playing hockey since I was six (although I haven’t played in the past few years), as well as a lot of other sports over the years, and for whatever reason I prefer to play sports with guys. So, I signed up for the co-ed league and it was awesome!
It wasn’t awesome because I was playing hockey with guys again (there were a few years where my parents made me play girls hockey because I was going into the peewee age group and they didn’t want me to get hurt). It was awesome because I got to play on the same team as both of my brothers, which had never happened in any of the previous years I played hockey due to our age differences. And, it was also awesome because I was just playing hockey for the fun of it and I got to meet some new people in different programs and years from me.
I continued to play in the co-ed recreation league for the next two years until I graduated from university.
Another recreation league I participated in during my last year of university was co-ed basketball, which was also great and a lit of fun because I hadn’t played basketball since high school.
I never did get involved in any of the sports leagues when I went away to college for two years. Even though I really wanted to play hockey, I didn’t because I was living in residence and as far as I knew, they didn’t have a place for students to store their equipment in, which means I would have had to store my equipment in my room with me and I could not live with my hockey equipment, way too stinky.
But, hockey and basketball are not the only two sport recreation leagues post-secondary schools offer.
If you contact any campus recreation office, look at notice boards around the campus or campus gym or field house, or look on the school’s website, you’ll find a large variety of sports that are offered.
Aside from ice hockey and basketball, some schools have outdoor and indoor soccer, flag football, volleyball, ball hockey, dodgeball, ultimate Frisbee, badminton and lacrosse leagues. Keep in mind, that not all schools offer all the same sports.
And, even if you’ve never played any sports before, or you’re not very good at sports, I still recommend any current students out there (especially first-year students) to go out and join a league because you’ll meet new people from a variety of different backgrounds, make new friends (or maybe you’ll run into an old high school friend) and you’ll have a lot of fun.
So lace up those skates or running shoes and go play. And remember, it doesn’t matter who wins or loses when that last buzzer sounds. What matters, is that you have a good time just playing the game.