A typical day in the life of a Rice student athlete

All-American senior Katherine Ip helped the Rice tennis team clinch its fourth consecutive C-USA championship last spring. Following some stellar postseason play in the NCAA Women’s Championship tournament, she vaulted 60 spots (from 104th to 44th) in college tennis rankings. Over the summer, Ip competed in tournaments across Southeast Asia. At Rice, she organizes events and maintains the budget of the Hong Kong Student Association.

Photo by Jeff Fitlow

Photo by Jeff Fitlow

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6:30 a.m.
Wake up, eat a breakfast bar, head to Tudor Fieldhouse

7:30 a.m.
Lift weights

8:40 a.m.
Second breakfast at Baker College: The croissants, scones and muffins are the best!

9 a.m.
Go to class: Motor Control, which explores the neurophysiological, behavioral and biomechanical aspects of human movement. Career goal:physical therapist

Eat lunch (salad with lots of nuts) and catch up with friends at one of the serveries

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1 p.m.
Go to class: Foundations of Health Promotion and Education

2:25 p.m.
Either treatment (massage, foam roll or stretches) or homework before practice

2:45 p.m.
Practice, practice, practice

5 p.m.
Back to Duncan to shower and getready for dinner and night class

6 p.m.
Go to class: Anatomy

8:30 p.m.
Study or read, Skype with parents and watch a Hong Kong TV show online

11 p.m.
Lights out