As we maneuver through this semester, we wanted to highlight a few Psychology student athletes. Although athletic sports have been canceled for this semester, our student athletes are still persevering and accomplishing their course work!
Manny Bruce is a junior psychology major and tight end for the Stevenson University football team. Hailing from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Manny chose to play football not only because of his love for the sport, but also because it improves his overall mental capacity due to the intricate plays he and his team carry out, as well as his capability to achieve above and beyond. The sport also holds significant weight for him, as it provided him a way to rise above the circumstances in his neighborhood.
Manny’s passion for football led to his choice of pursuing the career of a sport psychologist! As a sport psychologist, he wants to study and aid athletes to improve their mindset and overall mental health. He knows that these factors are essential for athletes to succeed in their sport at a very high level.
With the cancellation of Stevenson athletics this semester due to COVID-19, Manny noted that it has definitely been an adjustment for him. While he is a high-achieving student, he has found that it can be hard to create and keep a set schedule for himself, as football activities like training and practice usually provides this. Nevertheless, he encourages student athletes alike to keep pushing! Trying different learning strategies may help you excel in your online or hybrid classes. Finally, he encourages students to seek help when they need it, as waiting for the last minute proves to be overwhelming. Taken together, Manny, like other student athletes and students, is learning to get through the semester the best way he can, but by persevering and trying different learning strategies, it can prove to be beneficial.
Written by: Semira Nock