Name: Koby Jansen Major: Kinesiology (minor – biology)
College: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Sport: Men’s tennis
Degree: Bachelor of Kinesiology
What were some of the highlights of your time in the US?
- Making the final of the conference tournament in my freshman season with the semi final being played at 10:45pm because of rain delays and clinching the match at 2:30am to reach the final.
- Being a three-time captain of the tennis team and being the first sophomore to be named a captain in the team’s history.
- Winning UTRGV freshman athlete of the year.
- Being named Mr V in my senior year for being the best all around student athlete of the year.
- Finishing my undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.66.
Describe a typical day in your life as a student/athlete
A typical day for me as a student athlete would consist of:
- On court 7-9am
- On court conditioning 9-9:30am
- Weights from 9:45-10:30am
- Go and eat before class
- Either 2 or 3 classes ranging from 1:10pm until 7pm at the latest.
- Finding time to study in between classes and at the end of the day.
How did you balance your studies, sport and spare time?
The way that I managed to balance all of the things I had going on required figuring out how much time each day I needed to dedicate to going to class and studying. The tennis and training times you do not have any control over so it is important to understand what you need to do outside of that to make sure you are staying on top of your schooling. It takes time but once I got the hang out balancing how much time I could use in the day to unwind and how much time I needed to focus on studying and schooling, then I was able to find time for a social life outside of that. Once your priorities are in the right space, it is easy to know what you need to do for yourself to make sure that you are on top of your game in the classroom and on the court.
What would you say to a high school student considering a US Scholarship?
If you have the opportunity to persure a US scholarship it is an opportunity that you simply cannot pass up. Having the ability to move away from home, get an education paid for, and continue to play the sport that you love is something that not many people get the opportunity to do. It was simply put the greatest experience of my life and not only allowed me to continue to play tennis and get my degree at the same time, but helped mold me into the person and the man that I am today. I was a boy when I went there and now I am a man.
What are you up to now?
I am currently back home in Australia in between semesters and when I go back at the end of august I will be starting my graduate school work in the hopes of becoming a physio.