By Catherine Integlia
Edited by Simon Kidd
You can know someone without really knowing them. You go to school with them every day, pass them in the halls and yet have no idea what goes on in their lives outside of the Marianopolis campus. Despite being in a tightly-knit program, I realized that I don’t really know the people I spend most of my days with. I had the chance to sit down with a fellow classmate to ask him about his involvement in the Sports Études Program. Tristano Fasulo is a Marianopolis student in the Liberal Arts program, and is also part of Montreal’s Impact Academy. Here’s what he had to say about his experience:
Can you give us a description of the Sports Études program and what it entails?
Like everybody else, you wake up and come to school. Except, instead of spending a whole day at school, you leave halfway through to play soccer. So, basically, you have balance school with soccer, instead of school with more school.
Wow, so you’re essentially juggling two course loads! What do you think is the biggest challenge in regard to that? How do you do it?
Sleeping well, eating well and organization is a given.
Can you elaborate on that?
If you’re not sleeping well, it’s hard to perform in both fields. When you’re studying sometimes you don’t eat, because you forget, and then you end up suffering on the field. If you’re not organized, you just make your life harder.
Do you have any other current commitment outside of academics and sports?
Yes, I work at a restaurant.
Wow, is it hard to keep up with all this work?
Not hard, tiring yes. You study all day, then you train. Instead of recuperating at night, you’re on your feet for another five to six hours.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about Sports Études?
That because we have a reduced course load it’s easier, but it’s quite the contrary. To put it into perspective: when you’re studying, I’m on the field training, and I only start studying at 7 [PM]. The problem isn’t starting at seven, it’s that you need to find time to eat first and you’re working until eleven. The next day, you’re walking up at six in the morning, so won’t perform well if you don’t get enough sleep.
That sounds really intense; Why did you choose to go into a program as rigorous as the Liberal Arts given that you’re already so busy with sports?
I didn’t go to the best English school, so my writing, vocabulary and debating skills weren’t that great. I figured that going into a program [like the Liberal Arts] can help me progress in that.
Soccer and the Liberal Arts are two very different fields. Do you have any idea which career you are learning towards professionally?
Somewhat of an idea. I like to find a middle ground for everything. I don’t believe it’s realistic to say that I will definitely become a professional soccer player, since it’s so hard to make it. I am interested in psychology and law, so if I can find a career in the two [or combining the two], that would be awesome. But once again, when you’re in Liberal Arts, your interests change daily.
What’s the worst and best parts of being in the program?
The best part: You get the best of both worlds. I do the sport I love every day and get a solid education, that’s basically it.
The worst part: Towards the end of the semester, it’s tiresome. You’re physically and mentally drained to the point where it becomes hard to get out of bed in the morning.
With that being said, what advice would you give first year athletes in Sport Études?
Make sure to eat well, get enough hours of sleep and don’t procrastinate. Try to get things done as fast as you can. It will not only affect the academic side but also your performance whether it’s on the soccer field, the swimming pool, the basketball court, whatever sport you’re in.
Special thanks to the Impact’s Communications Academy for allowing the PaperCut access to the usage of photos along with the permission to release an article about one of their players.