Michael Phelps Attended the University of Michigan While Training for the Olympics

Sports enthusiasts know that when it comes to Olympic greatness, Michael Phelps holds the crown. In London alone Phelps dominated his opponents to bring home four gold and two silver medals, which made the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 total medals. If that isn’t bragging rights, I’m not sure what is.

But before Olympic fame and glory there was education, which is an important thing to remember for young athletes aspiring to walk in Phelps’ footsteps. And even though Phelps never pursued a formal degree, he did still see value in taking classes and coupling athletics with academics as an intentional career move.

Phelps, who was born and raised in Towson, Maryland, attended Towson High School where he graduated in 2003. While he started swimming at the ripe age of seven, it wasn’t until later that he realized his true talent. A series of swim clubs and competitions led to his qualifying for the 2000 Summer Olympics at age 15, at which point he became the youngest male athlete to make a US Olympic team in 68 years. And even though he didn’t win any medals, his next three Olympic appearances would more than make up for it. Read the rest of this entry »

Cheap and Fun Ways to Spend Your Summer

snow coneSummer is definitely my favorite time of the year. Summer is three months filled with absolutely nothing truly urgent that you have to do. Sure, you might have to work or have an internship, but chances are, you do not work every day of the week. Summer is free time, to fill with whatever you choose.

It sounds perfect, until mid-July when you have done everything that you wanted to do at least five times. Walking around the mall with friends tends to lose its appeal when you just did it yesterday and the day before. So what can you do with all of this lovely free time that you haven’t done a billion times already and does not break the bank?

Try these suggestions to occupy your lazy summer days!

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