The Olympic swim star recently mentioned to classmates how nervous she felt about an upcoming midterm exam.
A student who had never talked to the swimmer turned and said, "You're Missy Franklin. How are you nervous for a midterm?"
The academic challenges have proved bigger hurdles than the pool.
"I knew it would be hard, but it has been very, very hard," Franklin said.
She figured she had learned the art of balance between swimming and school after flourishing at Regis Jesuit High in Aurora, Colo.
But Franklin said it has been a steep learning curve to feel satisfied when getting B's. The swimmer said she once celebrated earning a C on a midterm last semester.
But don't call for a tutor just yet. Franklin had an impressive 3.5 grade-point average in her first semester.
While Franklin is not the sole star on a loaded Cal squad, she certainly brings a great deal of attention—due to her name recognition—but also helps her teammates improve.
"Missy has a way of making people around her better and shine the light on them," Cal coach Teri McKeever said. "She doesn't need the light to shine on her."
But as much as she might try, Franklin cannot escape the spotlight.
The one thing Franklin can't escape is the passage of time (so deep!) as her college career seems to be sprinting towards its end (insert cheesy comparison to her aquatic speed).
The Olympian plans to swim for Cal next season, then turn professional a year before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She plans to earn a degree in psychology and minor in education at Cal while training outside the college program with some of America's best swimmers such as Natalie Coughlin and Nathan Adrian.
Franklin has tried to soak up every moment as a member of the Cal team. She filled a binder with mementos from the Pac-12 meet. She has another binder ready for her first NCAA championships.
"I don't have four years," Franklin said. "I need to make the most of it in two years."
You're more than welcome to stay for the full four years! She knows that, right?
Track and Field
- Mikayla Lyles has won the 2014 Robin Roberts /WBCA Broadcasting Scholarship Award
- Join the team on Monday for a viewing party for the NCAA Selection Show
- Justin Cobbs received NABC First-Team All-District honors
- Cobbs's story is not one of overnight success
- The Bears have six games lined-up for the spring, including the annual Team Breezy Collegiate Cup against Stanfurd
- The Jaguars have parted ways with Justin Forsett
- Cal is "very solid" at punter, with four back-ups to boot (heyo!)
- Our defense should improve in 2014, including ending our streak of consecutive games giving up 30+ points, the longest such streak in ALL NCAA HISTORY
- How highly does Athlon rank the Cal coaching job nationally? Good ole Uncle Ted compiled all the Pac-12's rankings.
- Cal football spring schedule leaked, Bryce Treggs is fast, Golden Bears get stronger
- Pac-12 Tournament Preview: Cal vs. CU in the Quarterfinals
- Cal basketball to play with Syracuse, Texas, and Iowa in 2014 2K Classic
- Josh Rosen has Cal in final 4; Brady White gets Louisville & ASU offers, Jake Browning gets Alabama offer
- Bracketology 2014: Cal basketball 52nd in RPI, in the first four out