As we kick off another year of Michigan Athletics, we wanted to know -- what do University of Michigan student-athletes value most? Together with the Office of Student-Athlete Alumni Engagement, MGoBlue.com surveyed current and former student-athletes and asked them for their direct input. Starting on Monday (Sept. 1), MGoBlue.com will release the 10 most important values, with one being highlighted each weekday through Friday, Sept. 12. Join in the conversation on Twitter using #MyMichigan.
Tuesday, Sept. 2 -- Competition
At the heart of every great student-athlete is a passion for competition. Whether it is on the field or in the classroom, our student-athletes are driven to be the best.
When you are a part of a program as big as Michigan, the competition is intense. Every single opponent brings their best and every team wants to beat you, but it isn't just about them. Our student-athletes compete with each other. We compete for positions on the team, we compete in the classroom and we compete to be better people. We don't compete against each other to win, though. We do it to make each other better. We do it because we want to. The tradition of this place and the staff that supports us make us want to. Our teammates make us want to.
Men's Lacrosse // 2012
Competition is what makes you better. Whether it be on the field or in the classroom, Michigan challenges you. It will push you to new limits you didn't think you could achieve, and when you do, you become a stronger and more self-confident person.
Women's Lacrosse // Sophomore
The University of Michigan always recruits the best of the best. This ensures that every team is competitive and each player on their team has to compete and earn their positions. Competition is important as it pushes the team and the individual to greater heights.
Men's Soccer // 2001-03
Like every student-athlete at Michigan, I thrived off competition. Coming early and staying late were everyday habits. I loved golf and I loved competing, but I loved competing for Michigan much more. Michigan student-athletes are competitive in nature, but wearing the block M pushes the athletes to succeed, both on and off the field.
Women's Golf // 2007-10
Competition breeds improvement. At Michigan we compete each and every single day both on the ice and off the ice. On the ice, we compete with some of the best players in the country in an environment where everyone pushes each other to get better. Off the ice, we have to compete in the classroom with other students who may have a bit more time to do the course work.
Ice Hockey // Junior
To me, competition teaches you so many things. The ups and downs that you go through teach you so much about yourself. There have been multiple times where you think you want to give up, but then you realize you just need to get back up, work harder and perform better. You do it for your team and for Michigan. There is no better feeling than winning for those things.
Men's Swimming & Diving // Junior
Competition at Michigan is unlike any other. You're not only invested in the school rivalries, but you're also constantly competing against your teammates and peers because this place consists of the top athletes and students.
Water Polo // Senior
Competitive greatness is one of the greatest qualities stressed upon at this university. Playing in the Big Ten -- one of the most competitive conferences in the country -- makes being competitive part of your everyday life.