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Student-Athlete Profile: Chase Gottschalk '14

Saturday, August 3, 2013

What made you want to come to Carleton?

I chose Carleton for a lot of reasons. I knew I wanted to be challenged academically and play college sports, so for me Carleton was definitely a place worth considering. I looked at a lot of other schools. I applied to 15 different colleges and universities, but none offered the same combination of academics and athletics as Carleton. Ultimately though, I chose Carleton because I loved the people here. I felt comfortable and at home on this side of the Cannon, and I still feel that way today. I couldn't be happier with my decision.

What have been some of the differences between college and high school sports?

College football is much faster than high school football. It's definitely a huge step up. There's a lot more to the game both mentally and physically. Everyone is bigger, faster, and stronger than they were in high school, so catching up physically can be demanding. But it's the mental portion of the game that's the toughest to adjust. You can't get by with pure skill and ability anymore. You need to become more than just a player of the game. You have to become a student of the game.

How do you balance academics, sports, and other activities?

As a student-athlete, it can be tough to balance everything on my plate. I enjoy the structure that football brings to my life. With class and football, there are only so many hours left in the day to do my homework, eat and whatever else I need to get done. Over the years I've learned to use those scarce free hours on my studies rather than messing around on the internet.

What is a regular day like for you during your season?

Typically, I have morning classes followed by afternoon practice. Depending on the day, I'll get a workout done before breakfast and class. If my schedule allows, I'll read over the chapter my Biology professor went over in class that day or work on some homework that's due in a day or two. After practice, I eat dinner with the guys and usually head to the Weitz Center or stay at my desk and do my homework. I usually try to make time to hang with the roommates or watch a show before bed.

What are some of your favorite moments from playing football at Carleton?

I was fortunate enough to start as a freshman here in the 2010 season. In my first game I caught seven passes and scored twice. That game is still my best statistical game of my career. That year, we had our homecoming at Northfield High School thanks to the catastrophic flood and defeated Augsburg. That was pretty special. Also, defeating Mac in over behind Jon Lien's record breaking performance (single game rushing record) was absolutely incredible.

What is your favorite thing about Carleton?

It's funny the reason why I chose Carleton is my favorite thing about this place. The people. The friends I've made here and the time I've spent with them has made my experience at Carleton unforgettable.

What would you say to a high school student-athlete considering Carleton?

If you're looking to be challenged in the classroom and compete in one of the best DIII conferences in America, come check out Carleton. Meet the people and I guarantee you you'll be glad you considered this place.

Is there anything else you think a prospective student-athlete should know about Carleton?

Carleton has so much more to offer than academics and competitive athletics. There are so many interesting people on campus that you can only meet at a place like Carleton. You will learn so much from your peers.