When I was playing baseball in high school, I had the chance to play against multiple college teams. Whenever I had the opportunity, I would talk to the opposing players to see how they felt about college baseball.
The answer was always the same; "It's no longer a game, it's a job".
I didn't believe this to be true until I finished my first week of fall practices this previous August. My daily schedule consisted of class all morning, practice from 2:00 to 4:00, conditioning on the track at 5:00, Study hall from 6:00 to 8:00, and workouts from 9:00 to 10:00.
Once I was done with all this, I immediately went home to go to bed. Luckily, I was able to get done with most of my work during my study hall hours. However this schedule did not allow for any social time which was hard for me at first.
Thankfully, I have been able to successfully manage my time to juggle school, baseball, and social life all in one day.
So the first time someone asks me how is college baseball? You know what I'm gonna say?
"It's no longer a game, it's a job"