Eric Zimmerman: The Man Under the Lights
Eric Zimmerman’s University of Tampa transcript reads second-year Forensic Science Major. Eric Zimmerman’s reality entails much more. Once a freshman walk-on to the JV Baseball team, Zimmerman is approaching his second season of collegiate baseball as a member and captain of UT JV Baseball. He is also an active member of ROTC at the University for the second year. Juggling his academics, athletics, and ROTC, Eric makes a loaded schedule look like a walk in the park. His inolvement on campus goes far beyond that of the typical college sophomore.
Eric Zimmerman’s exhausting day is longer than the Sun’s and involves several different responsibilities. This essay is a documentation of what it means to be an involved student.
After rising before the Sun, Eric attends classes as a full-time student for much of the morning.
When asked what he thought of waking up so early, Eric replied saying
“I honestly don’t mind waking up for PT at 5:30am. It was hard to get used to last year, but I know what to expect and whats expected of me. So now I just get up and go”.
Usually, there is very little time between wrapping up his academics for the day and heading to practice. By the time players have finished stretching the sun has already begun to set on the University of Tampa Baseball Complex.
The lights were on, and Eric Zimmerman and the rest of the JV team, were there working to get better.
After practice, Eric usually eats dinner on campus around 8:30pm. Time after is spent tying any loose ends up for the day such as studying for a test or hitting the gym again.
The next day, on a typical week involves Tactical Drills for ROTC in Plant Park. However, as Thanksgiving is approaching, the ROTC program held a ‘Turkey Bowl’- a lighthearted rugby match between members.
A few hours of fun every now and then is well deserved. Today that came in the form of the ‘ Turkey Bowl’ and for once, the lights were off.