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    I'm currently in my first year of an engineering degree, and I'm in a little bit of a dilemma as to whether I should do rowing.

    I got chosen a while back for the novice team, and done a few weeks of training. It's been ok. I've enjoyed the actual rowing a bit, but the lifestyle that comes with it I am not enjoying.

    I’ve also just been accepted onto the development team of an engineering project which involves building an efficient electric vehicle, which has been interesting and will be very good for my CV.

    In an ideal world I could do both but there's no way I have time for that. The engineering project would be more beneficial for my career and might help me stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting a job. On top of this, I’m getting behind on my course because I just haven’t had the time to do the work, and I’m having problems with my knee, which will mean physio (i.e. less time) and maybe even surgery. The lifestyle is also brutal. For example tomorrow I have to be at rowing at 5.45, I then have lectures 9-6 with one hour break, and I then have a meeting for the engineering project from 6-8. That means I’m going to be doing a 14 hour day.

    I would feel like I'm missing out on being part of a sports team and the social side of it (then again, I'm going to have less time to socialise with my course and flatmates). But I just can’t bring myself to quit. I feel like I would be letting myself down because I’m not finding a way to manage it, and letting the rowing team down.

    Any advice?
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    (Original post by Boople)
    I'm currently in my first year of an engineering degree, and I'm in a little bit of a dilemma as to whether I should do rowing.

    I got chosen a while back for the novice team, and done a few weeks of training. It's been ok. I've enjoyed the actual rowing a bit, but the lifestyle that comes with it I am not enjoying.

    I’ve also just been accepted onto the development team of an engineering project which involves building an efficient electric vehicle, which has been interesting and will be very good for my CV.

    In an ideal world I could do both but there's no way I have time for that. The engineering project would be more beneficial for my career and might help me stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting a job. On top of this, I’m getting behind on my course because I just haven’t had the time to do the work, and I’m having problems with my knee, which will mean physio (i.e. less time) and maybe even surgery. The lifestyle is also brutal. For example tomorrow I have to be at rowing at 5.45, I then have lectures 9-6 with one hour break, and I then have a meeting for the engineering project from 6-8. That means I’m going to be doing a 14 hour day.

    I would feel like I'm missing out on being part of a sports team and the social side of it (then again, I'm going to have less time to socialise with my course and flatmates). But I just can’t bring myself to quit. I feel like I would be letting myself down because I’m not finding a way to manage it, and letting the rowing team down.

    Any advice?
    Do you see rowing as a career? If not then you need to work out a way to do it socially or on the side and focus on your studies which is what you're at uni to do. You can always go back to rowing professionally later.
 
 
 
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