Each and every week, the BasketBlog will be catching up with Batavia native and Northwestern guard Nick Fruendt. Nick offers up his unique perspective on the Wildcats season and life off-the-court:
Winning weeks are much more fun than losing weeks! This week we played Michigan and Indiana, both at home, and we came away with two victories. Wins just make everything more fun. Heading into the Michigan game on Tuesday, we were a little down after seeing our conference record dip to 3-6, but we had a renewed focus. Our attitude was that if we are going to do something, we needed to make a move in the second half of the conference schedule, and now we are on our way to doing that. Our game against Michigan was called Hope for Haiti, so we wore some red armbands in pre game warm-ups for the cause. The fans also had some red, but the colors were still mostly purple. The thing I remember most from the Michigan game was the attitude that our team was playing with. We were winning in the single digits for most of the game, and then our lead just took off in the middle of the second half. Practice leading up to the Indiana game was very crisp. We spent a day working on making ourselves better, and then had the usual two days for Indiana preparation (a game which Northwestern won 78-61). I can't really tell you much interesting about these practices except that they were intense, which I think is a good thing at this point in the season. It's important to keep the competitive juices flowing, and we will only continue to improve if we do so.
After practice, we get to eat a meal, which is called training table. This is usually my dinner nowadays. There was a nice new addition to the buffet spread this week: chicken burgers. I had multiple of these on a couple of days. One night, the workers forgot to show up, so we didn't get to eat the meal, and I had to go back to the apartment and make a frozen pizza. Frozen pizzas are the bomb, but they can get old if you eat them all the time. Some of my other favorites in the apartment include toasted cinnamon raison bread, trail mix, and Oreos. Anyways, training table is nice because I don't have to make a meal for myself and it is ready right after practice.
I want to talk a little bit about the atmosphere at Northwestern. This University is the most diverse place that I have ever been in my life. In class, it's possible that there is at least one person from each continent in the class, no joke. There are different languages being spoken all the time. It's neat to be able to meet people from all over the globe, but sometimes I am just amazed at how diverse campus is. Sometimes I feel like the minority, so it's really just another amazing part of my experience here at Northwestern.
Here's an interesting stat that I read about today: A professor at Northwestern estimated that it's possible that the average student spends eight hours on the Internet per day! EIGHT! I think that is pretty crazy, and a little high, but it's also eye-opening about how much the computer is a part of college life these days. I would estimate that I spend an hour or two per day online, but definitely not eight. John and I have a couple of favorite YouTube videos that I want to share. Be sure to check out Benny the Bull on Jerry Springer, the Jenga world record disaster, or Prank Wars 7: the half court shot. These are all pretty funny, and I hope you can get a laugh out of watching them; I certainly did.
The schoolwork load is picking up as of late, so I have to spend more time studying than writing this super fun work. I am officially declared now as an economics major with a minor in business institutions, in case you were wondering. These classes are pretty challenging, but I think I am up for it.
I hope you enjoyed this read and the Super Bowl. You know, some people think that I look like Peyton Manning. What do you think? We play away at Iowa on Wednesday and home against Minnesota on Sunday, so be sure to check us out. Shout out to the Batavia boy's basketball team, I wish you luck the rest of the season. Until next time.
- Nick Fruendt #15
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