The determination of Brock Locnikar


Locnikar showing his grit after getting a sack in an away game last year

Brock Locnikar committed to Harvard University on May 19, 2019 because of his incredible work ethic and determination to be the best at what he does. I was able to sit down with Locnickar and go through what his daily routine is that has lead him to such success.

Locnikar has gotten to this point because of his relentless dedication to the games of football and wrestling. Locnikar said he believes that “academics are more important than athletics.” He begins his day by waking up at 6:00 a.m. so he can do any homework he couldn’t do the previous night. He gets to school at around 8:20 a.m., as he chose to have a late start in the morning in order to help him finish any homework and get more sleep. He heads to classes where he has been able to maintain a 4.1 GPA. Once he is done with school at 2:50 p.m. however, his day has only just begun.

Once the school day is over for Locnikar, he goes to football practice for two hours with the school team. At this point in the day, it is about 5:30 p.m., but Locnikar is not ready to be finished with the day just yet. Locnikar quickly grabs a protein shake to have as much time possible to work out. He goes to the gym and works out until 8:00 p.m. and has made a promise to himself to never leave before then. “In order to be the best at something, you can’t take any shortcuts to be the best. Follow the path the best before have set then keep pushing,” said Locnikar.

Once home, Locnikar showers then immediately begins his homework at about 9:00 p.m. If it is a light load of homework, it should only take a couple of hours and Locnikar can be in bed by 11:00 p.m. But on nights where Locnikar has more homework or a test the next day, he can be going to bed late into the night. Locnikar has made it a habit of his to never procrastinate his work and get it done as soon as possible in order to allow him as much time as possible to train. After this long day, he can finally go to sleep so he can restart his day in the morning.

This dedication does not die down on the weekends, either. Locnikar can be found either watching film of that Friday’s football game or at the gym training just as hard. He dedicates all day to his work and then when it is night time, Locnikar can be found with his friends at somebody’s house or at a restaurant having a nice dinner. Locnikar always does his best to spend time with his family before doing anything else which is he sometimes chooses to stay home on the weekends to be with his family and either watch a movie or go out and get dinner with his parents.