Jonno Knowlman, B.Sc (Bus Admin) / Tennis
College: University of San Francisco Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Major: Finance
Graduated: Spring 2013, Sport: Tennis
What were some of the highlights of your time in the US?
After 4 years of college there can be so many highlights its difficult to remember them all. Here are a few I remember. The Travel. This was a big one for me. It was always fun travelling to new places to play other colleges and tournaments around America. Its great getting on a plane with all your team mates, getting to stay at fancy hotels and eating at nice restaurants. All for free I might add. The clothes. You get looked after nicely as a college athlete and I came home with more clothes than I will ever need. The friends and connections. Over 4 years in America you build a great relationship with all your team mates and friends you meet in America. I now have a great group of life long friends all around the world with whom I could stay with if I ever needed. Lastly, college athletes are highly regarded and respected. When playing for your school, people respect you for being able to play your sport at a high level. This is a great feeling when playing in front of large crowds and getting recognised for your efforts on a regular basis. You're almost a bit of a celebrity around campus.
Describe a typical day in your life as a student-athlete.
Typical day starts with a 7am (sometimes earlier) fitness session. This is usually on the track doing timed miles or sprints. It can also a long 5 mile run on the road, this is dependant on the coach's mood. From there it's a quick shower and off to class at 9am. Usually have about two classes and finish around noon. Then off to on-court training at 1pm. This is an intense 2.5 hour session where we practice anything from the basics to serves or tactics of the game.
From there, we will head to the weights gym for an intense 1 hour weight session followed by a stretching session. Following that, some guys may have a night class if you're unlucky.
How did you balance your studies, sport and spare time?
This can be the toughest hurdle to overcome at the start of your college career but once you get into a routine it becomes fairly easy to balance your studies and sport comfortably. It all comes down to good time management and prioritising your time correctly. Studies and sport take up a lot of your time but there is always plenty of leisure time available for hanging out with friends and other activities etc.
What would you say to a high school student considering a US Scholarship?
I would say to please take up the opportunity if it becomes available to you. It was a great experience for me and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It was the time of my life and I wish it could have lasted longer.
What are you up to now?
I am now an Accountant at a big 4 accountancy firm, KPMG. I was lucky enough that my degree was recognised back here in Australia. I still play tennis as much as I can and miss not being able to play competitively. The college tennis experience is something that you miss when playing back here is Australia.