GEORGETOWN — Multitasking is how human beings juggle their busy and occasionally chaotic lifestyles. Some folks multitask terribly — cutting corners, forgetting details, leaving goals unfinished. A select few do so with ease, deliberate finesse as it were; making the rounds, putting in the effort, managing time.
Dealing with stress is a common fixture among students and athletes, and the combination makes it even harder.
Georgetown's Brandon Wade, a tri-captain in football, basketball and lacrosse, as well as president of his senior class, is aware of the stress that accompanies a multitasking student-athlete.
Coming from an athletic family, Wade, son of Jeffrey and Elizabeth and brother to Corey and Tyler, is a person that puts effort into everything he does. He's the type that won't quit, won't accept failure and won't second guess what he believes to be most important: Making his family proud.
When others tip-toe, Wade's running, and when some are skipping, the senior with the astronomic 4.98 GPA, is leaping.
Mike Rowinski, Wade's basketball coach for the last three years, has only seen Wade give up in a game once.
"We were down by a lot and Brandon just gave up," Rowinski said. "I had never seen it before so it came to me as a shock. He looked frustrated when I asked him what the problem was, and he didn't answer.
"It was well after the game when someone came up to me with an explanation," said Rowinski. "He had a blister the size of half dollar on his toe. Even though he was in pain, he didn't want anybody to know."
Rowinski knows that the Royals program will be losing a special individual when Wade finally leaves.
"He's a winner," said Rowinski, who would've given Wade his third straight defensive player of the year award, but deemed it fitting to give him the Coach's Award instead. "A true competitor. For his size, he's as tough as it comes. If you're going to bet on someone to be successful, really, there's no other candidate."
Wade grew up dribbling a soccerball with his dad at an early age, and then not long after picked up baseball and basketball. Still Wade pressed on, looking for other sports to quell his competitive edge, and soon found them when his parents signed him up for Triton Pop Warner in the third grade and followed by youth lacrosse in the eighth grade.
Whereas most athletes are content with a single sport, Wade's motivation and need for something new has driven him to seek more than one outlet.
"It's hard to place," said Wade, who is also part of his high-school's National Honor Society. "I just have this drive to do well. I have something inside me that expects a lot and to push myself to reach those expectations in every sport. And not just in sports either, in school and in life as well."
With such a full plate of sports and scholastic obligations, making time is not always the simplest of endeavors.
"It's tough, I have a lot of late nights," explained Wade. "I try to manage my time the best I can, though I do occasionally get pretty bogged down.
"I still find time to be with my friends," said Wade, whose favorite athlete is Terrell Davis. "Since I'm involved with both spectrums, athletics and scholastics, I'm fortunate to have such a wide variety of friends."
Wade's competitive flame isn't designated to just fields or a court.
"I'm probably even more competitive with grades than sports," said Wade, who admits that it's not a great idea to be around him after a loss, though the experience is usually a constructive one. "If that's even possible."
Wade, who has expressed deep interest in studying pre-med once he goes to college, recently had a taste of being far from home. Last summer Wade left the familiar confines of Georgetown and visited Guatemala through a program called Partners In Development.
"I was there for eight days and in that time we built a house and I worked for a medical center," said Wade, who has also spent his last two summers working for an architecture firm in Boston called ADD Incorporated. "A few of my friends went as well and it was a really good time."
With a career over-flowing in great memories, from his basketball team's recent success to four dynamic football seasons, a certain flawed football memory seems to stand out above the rest. One that certainly shows Wade's character, even if it was less than perfect.
"We were playing Northeast," recalled Wade, "and our QB Joey Esposito had just scored something like a 60-yard touch down run and I was so happy for him that I sprinted over to congratulate him.
"I was about to jump on his back," said Wade, "when he ducked and I went sailing over him. I landed on my shoulder and dislocated my collar bone. It was just really strange, and funny, that I was so happy one moment and then hurt the next. I was back in a couple games though."
As Wade's high-school life begins to diminish, all his hard work and determination can be attributed to the constant advice and help his parents always offered.
"With all the stuff I have to do, there's a lot of things I just don't have time to do," Wade said. "Whatever I can't find to do, they step in and help me out. They push me in a subtle way that I think is key when you're trying to deal with someone like myself."
Although Wade has a soft spot for every sport he plays, lacrosse remains his favorite and with his final season beginning in another week and a half, Wade is looking forward to a memorable last season with a long run in the tournament.
"We have a new coach this year — Matt Bouchard — and he's bringing a lot of experience to our team that we didn't know about before," Wade said. "For me, I just want to learn as much as I can and improve my game. And for the team, I definitely want to get back to the play-offs and do some damage there."
Bouchard — Wade's new coach in lacrosse and old coach in football — holds the senior in his highest regard.
"Brandon is just a high character individual," said Bouchard. "He's the face of the program, and he seems to always do it right.
"He's broken eight school football records and is set to play in the Shriner's game," Bouchard said. "He's a dynamic player, and he'll fit nicely into all the schemes we'll be bringing this year."
Once lacrosse is over and Wade has either been named his school's Valedictorian or Salutatorian, Wade can look forward to one thing in particular, or at least, a bit more of it.
"Rest," laughed Wade. "I'm not looking to play any sports in college (though intramurals may be an exception). Really, I'm just looking to go out and experience something new. Going to a bigger school and discovering another part of the country is something I'm really eager for."