Learning from your experiences

(Editor's note: Senior Morgan Valley, a 6-foot reserve guard at Connecticut, will share a diary with ESPN.com throughout the season.)

Jan. 21, 2004

Do you want to here something funny? The older I get, the less I seem to know!

I know you are asking what the heck does that mean? Well, every year certain things happen here at school. The job of a player here is to not let the same things happen to you that happened to another class prior to you. You're supposed to learn from what they experienced and help your younger teammates, who are going through those same things to learn from what you have learned.

Well, I have learned, and now my job is to help others learn so that they do not have to go through the same problems I did. I guess that is all part of being a senior at this program, and that is why I enjoy playing here and being held in certain positions.

We're finally back to school. Today was the first day of classes and last night was the first night I slept in my own bed. Boy, did it feel good. It is great being back in school ... well, for the next week or so, and then it might get old.

We spent a long time in the hotel this year and we all needed to get back to a college atmosphere and a routine. I never thought I would say that but ... it's reality.

This semester I am taking four classes, all of which are pretty hard with a lot of reading and papers. But the part I will hate the most is the oral presentations. But you got to do what you got to do. ... Peace.