In the life of a student athlete: Jenna Bossle

Archive Photo Bossle is a senior exercise science major who finds success both in the classroom and in gymnastics.

Archive Photo
Bossle is a senior exercise science major who finds success both in the classroom and in gymnastics.


Jenna Bossle posted a pair of season-high scores in two different events over the past couple of meets by registering a score of 9.575 on the vault at the Illinois Classic on Feb. 21 and a 9.5 score on the balance beam in a tri-meet with Missouri and Lindenwood on Feb. 14. The senior exercise science major that was a part of the fall 2013 dean’s list talks about her life as an ISU gymnastics student-athlete and how she is able to find success both in the classroom and in gymnastics.

What is a typical day like schedule-wise for you?

A typical day would begin with a 6:15 a.m. weights workout in the strength and conditioning center in Redbird [Arena].  This workout is half cardio work and half strength training work that usually takes about an hour to complete. After that morning workout, I typically have class the rest of the morning and I usually have around three classes everyday. I have a little break between my last class and practice where I usually spend a good amount of that time working on some class work. Then, our gymnastics practice starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m. After that, I usually go home, have dinner and work on whatever I can for my classes.

How do you manage your time and fit in your schoolwork?

I’ve been a gymnast since I was 4 years old, so I’ve developed really good time management skills over the years. Whenever I have a free moment during the day, I try to get small amounts of work done for the classes I had that day. I also try to finish my classwork early so I don’t have to worry about it the night before it is due.

What is your favorite part of being a student-athlete?

I love being able to represent the university when we compete. That is something my team and I take pride in. Whenever we travel, we make sure we are representing ISU in the best way possible. I also really enjoy just being involved with the athletic world.

What are some challenges you face being a student-athlete?

The hardest thing would be just staying on top of everything that is going on during the competitive season. It can get kind of crazy during that time and it’s easy to forget assignments and meetings. It all comes as part of being a student athlete; it’s just making sure that I get it all done to the best of my ability.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I love just hanging out with my friends. We go shopping or go to the movies or just hang out. We try to find fun things to do when we have a little more time off.

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