[Editor's note: We now present you one of our Top Sports Heroes of 2018 under the Sportsmen Who Excel Academically category leading up to the announcement of our Sportsman of the Year]
IF ATENEO center Isaac Go had his way, he’d be bringing home a UAAP championship and a diploma by the end of this term.
He's right on track.
Go, a central piece of the Blue Eagles side that has pulled off a title repeat in the UAAP, now hopes to wrap up his studies at Ateneo where he’s enrolled in a Management of Applied Chemistry program.
For those wondering what exactly Go does, the 6-foot-7 slotman explains.
“The best way to describe it is 75 percent management, 50 percent chemistry. The course isn’t really 100 percent,” said Go. “It’s a management background course allowing students to get some good background on chemistry as well.”
What’s more impressive is how Go has excelled in both academics and basketball, cutting a reputation as one of the best clutch players in the UAAP while getting high grades at Ateneo on a consistent basis.
Rare are the athletes who excel in both fields. So how does Isaac do it?
Go said that that’s where the guidance of his family comes in, as they’ve always put a premium on education - with his parents giving him just enough leeway to play basketball and still excel at academics.
“I think it’s hard, not just in my course, I think everybody has some challenges with their own courses but I think when you hear the word chemistry, medyo ‘wow.’ I have to thank my family cause they’ve always pushed for academic excellence,” said Go.
“When I got into basketball, they knew that it was gonna be a tough balance, they let up a bit, kaunting allowance lang but they still push us to get that high education because they know that you can only play basketball for so long. You’ll be thankful if you get to play in your 30s or 40s, you have to have something after,” he added
A self-professed ‘geek or nerd,’ Go shared that deciding to pursue that course took some time and that there were a lot of considerations when deciding what to take.
Eventually, he found the perfect course.
“Growing up I’ve always been a math and science geek. Geek or nerd would be the proper term. Going into college, I wanted to pursue that cause at that time, I was deciding if I was gonna play pro, or atleast if I played pro, atleast I have something in the bank as well,” Go explained.
“Going through the courses, we found out that this is the perfect balance between both worlds, academics and sports, tapos Math and science-related course pa,” he added.
At the end of the day, Go said that he won’t be here in this position had it not been for the support group that he has.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, you can’t take that up alone, basketball and studies. I have to thank my family, my blockmates, my profs who helped me out along the way," said the popular Blue Eagles big man.
"In basketball you have your coaches, teammates, upper management, the ballboys, the staff, everybody. It’s really a team effort. It’s a work of a lot of people behind the scenes helping out.”