Aug. 2, 2011
From the August 2011 issue of the UT Athletics newsletter, FAMILY CONNECTION.
"Insight From Student-Athletes," with Drew Thomas, a junior on the men's track & field team from Greeneville, Tenn.
How do you balance your time so that you are successful in both your sport and the classroom?
DT The best way for me to balance the two is to stay ahead in my studies. I like to complete my homework a couple of days before it's due. When it comes to writing papers, I start the day they were assigned. By writing a little bit every day, I don't feel overwhelmed or the need to pull "all-nighters."
Why do you participate in the many community service opportunities available to student-athletes? Do you have a favorite, if so, what?
DT It's a great way to give back to the community, and it brings joy to my life. I like Habitat for Humanity and other opportunities to work with my hands. I like feeling like I have accomplished something.
What advice would you give parents of student-athletes?
DT Keep up the encouragement! It is so easy to be overwhelmed by school and athletics.
Tell us about your degree program - why did you choose it, how did you choose it, and what do you hope to do when you finish school?
DT I am a mathematics major. I've always liked math, and I really took a strong interest in it after the eighth grade. I like dealing with numbers because it's very logical. I chose math because many companies look for people with a strong background in math. After school, I'm not sure what I'll do, but I hope to find a job that will make use of my degree.
What is your favorite thing about the University of Tennessee and why?
DT All of the resources that are available to students such as The Commons, math tutorial center, writing center, and especially the Thornton Center. These places have been so helpful for me, and the people there are outstanding.
Tell us something unique about yourself that we may not know.
DT When something is really funny, I laugh like the Disney character, Goofy.