Leah Swander

Leah Swander

I am from Grand Junction, Colorado and currently play soccer at the University of Denver. I am studying journalism as well as gender and women's studies and I am finishing up my sophomore year.

Jeff Hooker: 25 years and counting

My slideshow consists of various photos of action shots of Jeff Hooker coaching, players interacting with one another, head shots, and even pictures of trophies and awards. This slideshow is intended to tell a story about Jeff Hooker. Hooker has been the head coach of the women’s soccer team at DU for the past 25 seasons.

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Plenty of stress on student athletes

This slideshow tells a story of the type of stress athletes go through on a regular basis. Whether it’s nutrition, social life, treatment, lifting or school work, student athletes can endure higher stress levels than a regular college student.

With intentions mainly to help share some athletes struggles with balancing life within a very busy schedule, I also wanted to share the stories of what student athletes may have to experience everyday. Although they may not have stress upon them personally, this slideshow consist of an average day in the life of a student athlete. Continue reading

Stress on college-athletes

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Sophomore Cristiana Behnken leaving for class early in the morning before soccer practice later

The general thought of college-athletes having it all: school paid for, free gear, and keeping away from the freshmen 15 isn’t always the life these young adults endure. Although some enjoy the fun things college brings to those who attend such as: leaving home, meeting new people and learning about topics that interest them, the stress that one experiences as a student-athlete is much different and more intense than those that are not student-athletes.

As many regular college students endure stress relating to school, jobs, relationships and many other factors, the NCAA says, “While it’s not clear whether the source of challenges to student-athlete mental well-being is the same as those non-athletes face, collegiate athletes are known to encounter unique stressors that the general population doesn’t have to deal with, such as time demands, relationships with coaches, and missed scheduled classes.”

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