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Getting prepared

December 15, 2013

I have learned first-hand the struggle of being a student-athlete, and all the things that it comes with in my first semester of college....

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Dec-15-13 4:29 PM

Why are there so many articles and letters from Mansfield? Don't the people of Lycoming and Penn College ever have any news or opinions to contribute. Mansfield has their own paper. I understand Sun-Gazette is trying to sell more papers, but excluding all the voices of Penn and Lyco. isn't helping this backwards community.

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Dec-15-13 1:14 PM

" either happy and stress free, or struggling to sleep at night and abusing supplements to keep up with all of their work." The author sets up a false choice. The well adjusted person deals with stress, struggles at times, and can still be living a happy (satisfying and meaningful) life. I think any life worth living has its share of moments when you are overwhelmed, stressed, etc. The question is, do you give in? Or, do you work through the challenges that life presents? I honestly don't think that the author is ready yet for the challenges and uncertainties of adult life.

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Dec-15-13 10:37 AM

Ms. Lopes, as a parent of 5 let me tell you of parental stress. Advice and life experience is constantly given by most parents. You know how hard it is to watch kids make the wrong choice because advice or our experiences are considered outdated? can't see the forest for the trees is appropriate, or it's gonna come back and bite you in the ass. We do try.

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Dec-15-13 10:15 AM

Doesn't Mansfield have a newspaper?

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Dec-15-13 9:39 AM

A lot of good advice, I hope Ms. Lopes reads these comments and succeeds in her life goals.

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Dec-15-13 8:37 AM

Life is difficult.

A few years from now, you will look back at your college years and wish you had them back.

Stop living life for others and live it for yourself. Set your goals, seek out advice, but make the decisions yourself.

You will make mistakes. Learn from them. Learn whose advice is trustworthy and whose is not.

The most brilliant people in the world make mistakes.

Know that, love it, and live it.

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Dec-15-13 8:26 AM

Man Olivia, what a crock. You have a lot to learn. Listen to ToTEXASfromPA that is good advice.

Being better than others is not the same as doing the best you can with what God gave you.

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Dec-15-13 8:23 AM

Ms. Lopes- When they ask you how you maintained a 3.0 GPA, use a word very seldom used in college- "rigor". It's what college used to be about to prepare young people for life beyond college. There were even Saturday morning classes.....

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Dec-15-13 8:19 AM

Ms. Lopes,

After reading this letter, I still question whether you have the issues of life all sorted out and are headed down the right path. It sounds like you have made good choices to abandon the drugs, manage your time better, train in a more focused way, and get more rest.

But my question is do you have your ladder on the right wall, are you climbing towards the right goals, are you living your life for others (a coach or parent) as opposed to living for Christ?

We were created to have a relationship with God; the creator of us all; the creator of all around us; the one who loves us and wants the best for us; the one who knows our strengths, abilities, thoughts, and being.

Get your relationship right with Jesus Christ (the way, the truth, and the life) and follow him. Let him lead you through life and life will be a joy. I pray that God shower you with His richest blessing and that you be given peace, comfort, wisdom, and purpose.

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Dec-15-13 6:28 AM

Cap, I was thinking the exact same thing as I was reading this. I guess it's much easier to blame someone else. I wonder how much stress her parents are under financially, physically and mentally putting a daughter through college, especially since her parents are sure to hear about this LTE.

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Dec-15-13 6:08 AM

Ms. Lopes, BEFORE turning to self medication, you had the choice to turn to counselors at the school, your coach, and even your parents for advice. Your situation is only a preview of what you will be experiencing in real life once you enter the work force and have a family. Will you turn to drugs then when you have a full time career and a couple of kids which is also stressful and a fulltime job? Throwing your parents under the bus because of decision you made now that you're an adult is not the way to solve your problems. The stress in life has only just begun.

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Dec-15-13 4:25 AM

Olivia Lopes-"All of this could have been easily avoided if my parents had let me become more active and learn how to train my body as well as learn my bodies needs to make it throughout the day."

I lost focus when I read this one statement. I find it disheartening when a person finds the need to put the 'blame' for their problems on someone else, especially their own parents. Here's some advice for you, Ms Lopes; take responsibility for your own mistakes and shortcomings.

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Dec-15-13 2:53 AM

Good advice Ms Lopes.

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