A Day In The Life

Feb. 13, 2008

By By Allen Wagner
The Daily

Clouds blanket the Seattle skyline as another bleak and dreary Monday morning approaches.

Junior women's basketball star Michelle Augustavo tackles her Monday mornings head on when she wakes to the sound of her alarm clock. At 7:15, it's time for her to face the long day ahead.

For many student-athletes, maintaining that crucial balance between school and sports can be hard, but a look at a day in the life of Augustavo proves it can be done.

7:15 a.m. - Starting the day right

Breakfast, often considered the most important meal of the day, for student-athletes is an imperative meal that must not be skipped. After finishing up at home, Augustavo makes her way through some early drizzle to the University Village Starbucks for her favorite, albeit expensive, morning treats -- chai tea and a scone.

She admits that she has a soft spot for Starbucks, but tries to eat cereal at home every so often.

'I try not to go to Starbucks every day because it's so expensive,' Augustavo said. 'I'd say every other day.'

After a relaxing stop at the coffee house of her choice, Augustavo makes her way up to campus for one of her favorite classes, Later 18th Century Literature.

8:30 a.m. - Time for learning

Classes at 8:30 a.m. can be a struggle for even the most serious of students, but Augustavo, an English major, makes her way to Anderson Hall every Monday and Wednesday for English 328.

The class is two hours long, but she says that since it is a good mix of group work and discussion, she can keep active and contribute to the class.

'For being an 8:30 class, it's not that bad,' Augustavo said. 'It's only twice a week, and I enjoy it.'

At 10:30, Augustavo trudges up Stevens Way to Physics 110: Liberal Arts Physics, a class she and three other teammates take together.

'I've never taken a physics class, even in high school, so it's definitely interesting,' Augustavo said.

After 50 minutes of learning about wave lengths and watching demonstrations, Augustavo often finds herself in a precarious situation -- what to eat for lunch.

11:30 a.m. - Lunch at the HUB

Every day Augustavo makes her way to the HUB to eat lunch with UW freshman teammate Katelan Redmon, and today, decided on a regular favorite -- a turkey sandwich from Subway.

'I always get a 6-inch turkey sandwich on honey oat,' Augustavo said. 'At Subway, I never change it up because I always know it's going to taste good.'

Redmon follows the same logic as Augusatvo: if it's good once, it will always be good.

'I usually have either a turkey sandwich or a chicken-bacon ranch,' Redmon said. 'Those are my two favorites.'

After a one-hour break, Augustavo has one last class -- one she believes she gets the most out of.

12:30 p.m. - Back to school

It is afternoon now, and the sun is making a small appearance over the Olympic Mountains, while low-lying clouds still drape the campus in an unusual mix of brightness.

Augustavo takes off from the HUB to Smith Hall for what she describes as her most engaging class, Psychology 206: Human Development.

The class -- which attracts students interested in child development and education, parents looking for solutions to their children's behavior and psychology majors alike -- is exactly what Augustavo was looking for in a huge sea of lectures.

A transfer student from the University of San Diego, Augustavo was used to smaller classes and student-teacher relationships. Bigger classes aren't her favorite, but Human Development, despite being a 100-person lecture, struck a chord with her.

She is looking into the possibility of teaching or coaching in the future and believes Human Development will help in her quest.

'I really like this class,' Augustavo said. 'It's just cool to learn about how kids grow and how they get influenced by everything.'

1:30 p.m. - Getting ready for practice

Most students end their daily schedule here -- 15 credits and it's time to go home. But Augustavo is both a student and an athlete (student first, of course), and it's time for her to get ready for another practice.

Augustavo makes her way to the locker room and gets ready for the 2:30 p.m. practice. Once she is in her battle-gear, she has to get treatment for her bruised MCL. Knee exercises, single-leg squats, lunges and balance exercises dominate her pre-practice treatment and warm-up sessions.

'It's mostly maintenance treatment,' Augustavo said. 'Most of the time afterwards, I'll put my shoes on and go up to the gym and start shooting around.'

2:30 p.m. - The toughest part of the day

UW coach Tia Jackson walks into the gym and gives the Husky women a rundown of today's drills and exercises. They are lucky -- no weight training today.

First they start off with warm-ups and stretches before officially beginning their practice.

'We always bring it into the middle and clap it up,' Augustavo said. 'Then we always say `Go Dawgs!''

In a Jackson practice session, defense comes first; the team spends at least an hour going over defensive lineups and drills. Offense comes next, but the Husky women didn't execute to Jackson's expectations today, which means: get ready to run.

'When it tends to get sloppy, Coach J. doesn't get very happy, and then we run,' Augustavo said.

Most students find it difficult to manage just their classes. For Augustavo and student-athletes, it is hard for anybody to compare.

UW senior Andrea Plouffe, who has had four years experience managing both classes and basketball, said that it is all about finding the right balance.

'Time management is key, first and foremost,' Plouffe said. 'You begin to learn to be efficient with your time and that's the key for achieving success in school and basketball.'

7:00 p.m. - Going home

After a quick dinner at the Conibear Shellhouse, Augustavo makes her way back home to finish any homework.

She said she often doesn't have time during the week to watch TV or movies, but said every Tuesday she makes time to watch One Tree Hill with teammates or coach Jackson.

'We often go over to coach's house to watch One Tree Hill,' Augustavo said. 'It's funny because she is always watching basketball, but when One Tree Hill is on, she gets addicted.'

After watching TV, Augustavo likes to get her sleep.

'I'm kind of a grandma on our team, so I try to be in bed by 10,' Augustavo said. 'As soon as I can be in bed, I'll be in bed. Sleep for me is huge.'

So it is finally the end of a long Monday and time for Augustavo to get some sleep. Before she gets in bed, though, she makes an important phone call.

'I always call and check in with my mom at night,' Augustavo said. 'I always call her before bed.'

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