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What to Do on My Summer Vacation

June 2, 2008 10:34 AM

By Dede Allen
June 2008

School’s out for the summer! Now what? Mom, I’m bored what should I do? Well, if you’re a tennis player, the answer is simple - play tennis! Of course, the answer isn’t really that simple - it depends on what grade you’ll be in next year. Here are a few suggestions:

Graduating Seniors - you have a lot on your plate. Just because you’ve decided where to attend school next year you are probably thinking that you’ll have a summer full of fun and parties. That may be partially true. However, you need to make sure that all of the required paperwork for school is completed and sent in by the deadline dates - financial forms, housing and roommate requests, health forms, check to make sure that all final transcripts have been received along with any payments that need to be made.

The name of your roommate should be sent to you at some point over the summer. It would be helpful if you communicated with your roommate and get to know them a little. You don’t want to be shocked when you walk in your room the first day. Guys you may or may not care if your decorating tastes are the same; on the other hand, girls you may tend to care a little more, yes, I know that sounds sexist, but it’s trueJ. You will need to find out what if any appliances are allowed in your room and decide who will be bringing what - no need to duplicate on these items. The university may also be in the small appliance rental business, it would be good to check with them first. If you travel cross country, microwaves, TV’s and refrigerators will not fit in the overhead compartment, they are hard to pack and expensive to ship.

Coaches are looking forward to your arrival. It would behoove you to show up fit and ready to go. You may want to contact the coach to find out if there is anything in particular they’d like you to work on over the summer. If you’ve never really worked out in a gym, now would be a good time to get used to it - trust me, you’ll be spending a lot of time in the gym and on the court.

Freshman orientation isn’t a requirement - HOWEVER, it should be. Try to schedule your summer travel plans to include a trip to orientation. Things have changed since your parents were in school - most schools have sessions for you as well as your parents. I’ll write more about this next month.

You may want to test your abilities on the court this summer by playing in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer Circuit. These events are held during the month of July - there are seven regional sites from which to choose. These events are meant for current college players and upcoming freshman. They do however, allow some junior players in the events. For more information go to: www.itatennis.com .

Underclassman - tennis, tennis and more tennis - along with some fun. Rising seniors, hopefully, you’ve already started the recruiting process. If you haven’t - now would be a good timeJ.

Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors - it’s never too early to start thinking about college tennis, but it can be too late. Take a look at the calendar I wrote - either in the college guide or on www.tennisrecruiting.net. This will help get you started.

Do have some fun this summer!

 

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