Under the Helmet: Michael Stevenson
July 31, 2013
Demon Deacon Fans,
Hi, my name is Michael Stevenson, and I am a freshman safety for the Wake Forest football team. I graduated from Clearwater Central Catholic High School in Clearwater, Florida, this past spring, and enrolled at Wake Forest for the second session of summer school. This season, along with a number of other Demon Deacons, I'll be writing a few guest blog entries, to share with you what my life is like as a student-athlete at Wake Forest University.
First, I'd like to start by telling you how I arrived here. Wake actually offered me in the spring of my junior year. Everyone I talked to, from friends to teachers, told me how awesome of a school Wake Forest is. I actually committed before I took my official visit, because I was sold on the family environment and alumni support. I took my official in January, along with about a dozen other commits, which was a lot of fun. Plus I got to see snow haha.
The biggest adjustment for me has been living away home. I can't explain how much I miss my friends and family. I'm just trying to communicate with them as much as possible, through phone calls, text and video chat. It's definitely been great getting to know my new family here at Wake though. And I'm really looking forward to getting to know non-athletes here when the fall semester starts.
My first college practice will be on Friday, and I'm already a little nervous. I definitely put a lot of pressure on myself. I'm going to do everything in my power to play this year. I'm going to give it everything I have to not be redshirted. That's the attitude the coaches here encourage - a lot of us freshmen will be redshirted, but we are supposed to prepare as if we expect to play immediately. I can already feel the difference the offseason workout program is having on me. I'm not going to lie though: adjusting to 6:30 a.m. workouts has not been easy. In high school, weight lifting was really not that big of a deal. I can already tell how much more it matters here.
In summer school right now, I'm currently taking an English class and a communications class. I went to a strong high school academically, so class has not been overwhelming so far. The teachers at Wake definitely have higher expectations for me than the teachers in high school though. Luckily, the tutoring program here is really helpful.
Overall, the transition has been hard, but worth it. I'm still getting used to living so far from home, especially since I had options to stay in-state. I chose Wake Forest over the University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida, among others. It would have been easier for me to stay in Florida, but in the long run, I think it will be good for me to experience something new.
I can't wait to share my experience here at Wake with you all over the next few months. I think this year is going to be something special! Go Deacs!