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The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

Nieco Erasmo

Going into college, Nieco Erasmo knew that playing college volleyball would take up much of the free time that he already had. Instead of playing in college, Erasmo wanted to focus more on his major, Computer Science. 

“I decided not to play volleyball this year because I’m majoring in Computer Science, which takes up almost all of the time out of my day,” he said.

With the small scale of spare time Erasmo has, he wants to try new experiences instead of focusing on volleyball. 

“I want to spend the little free time I have on new experiences,” he said. “I still play for two intramural teams, but at least this year, club volleyball is a no-go for me.”

He has had thoughts on playing at a lower league school for volleyball, but eventually decided not to. 

“I don’t think I would change my mind on not playing,” Erasmo said. “In terms of going to another school to play competitively, like playing for a community college or a small Division III team, the thought has crossed my mind but more so as a ‘what if.’ And in terms of club volleyball here at Berkeley, I think I’m happy with my decision.” 

Playing volleyball in high school, however, has shaped him for handling college and the adult world beyond.

“I think being an athlete has definitely taught me a lot about navigating through the adult world. You learn about time management, uncomfortable conversations with teammates, and how to talk to higher ups with the right amount of respect without forgetting to be assertive and confident. Sports is an amazing character builder.”

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