How do you manage to pass an engineering degree while being a high level sportwoman?
First of all, I can do it because my administration has been really accepting of my training schedule.
I practice every day from 9h to 10h30 and then from 18h30 to 21h30. In between, it’s the time that I have for school or work. A lot of the time I have to go directly from practice to school and then the opposite at night.
My teachers understand that I have to miss class every morning for training, and when I have competitions. On the other hand, when I am absent, I have to make up the group exercises and the individual tests in my own free time, so I have to catch up on everything I miss really fast.
This is possible thanks to my colleagues as they understand my project and they help me a lot. They are taking all of my courses and they take the time to explain things to me when I don’t understand.
I have to work a lot on my time management because I don’t have a lot of free time at home. This means I have to pay extra attention in class, and make sure I use my lunch breaks to complete homework or study for an exam.
How are you able to work and train at the same time?
I work for Meert the pastry store located in the center of Lille. I succeed because my employer loves sports and he is really supportive of me.
He understands how hard it is to combine high level training and work so we came up with a schedule that suits the both of us. The second reason is that my work is only 15 min from the pool by bike.
Is this double project affecting your sports performance ?
I would say yes, and no, at the same time.
No because I’ve always done this, so my body is used to having a busy day, but also yes, because my schedule is a lot more intense than my teammates, which means I don’t have as much time to recover between practices.
To make sure I am not too tired for practice I have to take good care of my body during the day, and at night. This means going to bed as early as possible, and eating the right kind of food to keep my energy levels high throughout the day.