DLSU Football's Jed Diamante is making the goals, and the grades too
"I grew up being taught that it's possible to strive for excellence in everything I do. It was football that taught me how to manage my time."
During the football season of UAAP Season 78, De La Salle University paraded a handful of rookies that would prove to be pivotal pieces to another Final Four season.
And while the Green Archer booters failed to make the finals this time around, they still performed well during the season, and their young crop of players were more than enough reason for fans to be excited for the future.
Among those rooks who saw significant time on the pitch was young Jed Diamante, the younger brother of DLSU football standouts Gio and Gelo Diamante.
Even though Jed was just a rookie, DLSU coach Hans Peter Smit trusted him enough to give him playing time, and Jed responded by making some pivotal plays and converting a few goals for the green and white side.
As it turns out, Jed isn't only excelling on the pitch, but in the classroom as well. The second-year Civil Engineering student isn't just barely making it through school, he's consistently doing very well.
A consistent Dean's Lister ever since his first term, Jed's Cumulative GPA is an astounding 3.807. Impressive.
We got to chat a bit with Jed, who shared how he gets by, juggling school and sports.
ABS-CBN Sports: Why choose Civil Engineering? Was it something that you've aways wanted to take up, or was it influenced by your parents?
Jed Diamante: Throughout grade school and high school, I realized that I was more inclined towards logical reasoning and analysis. I figured out that Civil Engineering is a field for me where I can utilize my skills in mathematics. Also, I'm more of a hands-on person, which means I really like being on the field and really making things work with my hands.
A: Wow. Civil Engineering is no joke! So how are you able to manage your time, especially since you're also on the DLSU Men's Football team?
JD: It's true when people say that's it's a tough course. But, I look at it as a challenge. I grew up being taught that it's possible to strive for excellence in everything I do. It was football that taught me how to manage my time. Because I knew I had less time for studying and doing what the people my age are doing, I had to learn how to set my priorities to be as efficient and effective as possible in my endeavors. And also, I really love the sport. It's one of the things that I look forward to whenever I wake up.
A: So when it's football season, what's a typical day in the life of Jed Diamante like?
JD: Well, I wake up at around 5:00 am to prepare for our 6:00-9:00 am training. After which, I attend my classes, which are usually from 11:00-6:00 pm. I then go home to study and finish whatever homework I have to accomplish. Finally, I rest. But if for example we have games within the week, I focus on the game. However after the game, I contact one of my classmates to know what I missed.
A: Does it get tough having to balance athletics and academics?
JD: It does. There are some weeks where I have 4 exams coupled with paperwork that have to be submitted, and I have to be in training because the season is ongoing. But, my mindset gets rid of the idea that it can't be done.
A: What advice can you give the younger student-athletes like you who want to, or are having a hard time balancing school and sports?
JD: First of all, it can be done. The three things that you should always remember are: find your motivation that will help you persevere, give back to the institutions, groups, or people who will help you become who you are, and serve the Lord by using your skills and talents to help and inspire others.
Once UAAP Season 79 football rolls in, Jed will definitely be one of the anchors of a De La Salle team who's hoping to finally break their men's football title drought.