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What It's Like To Be A College Athlete

Adaobi Ugoagu, Sean Kim, Kyle Valdez |
April 2, 2014 | 7:04 p.m. PDT

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College senior Herb Dew is high jumper and student among many other student athletes at the University of Southern California. When Herb is not waking up at 7:00 a.m. for an early morning practice, he is attending class, fulfilling credits as a human biology major.

After studying psychology initially, Herb changed his major to human biology after realizing his interest in the human body and its functions. Herb describes human biology as the most appealing and interesting area of study for him, despite it being challenging.

Herb has been a track athlete since he was 16 years old and arrived to USC in the fall of 2012. His busy schedule consists of him training to keep in shape every day, attending practice three times a week, along with competing in tournaments almost every weekend. As an athlete at USC, Herb has the privilege of utilizing the John McKay Center, a top-notch athletic facility catered towards the student athletes, where he can work with group members, study quietly free of distractions, and get tutoring.

Despite juggling his hectic schedule of athletics with academics, Herb speaks about the importance of committing himself and his time to put in the necessary work.

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