College Athletics & Academics: How To Be Successful In Both Areas

College athletes face a totally different set of challenges than the typical student. In addition to a full course load, they also have to fit in practice, strength training, games, and travel.

While very few students are able to compete on a professional level after college, playing on a collegiate sports team is still a huge accomplishment.

Student athletes are even highly regarded by prospective employees because of their hardworking nature and ability to juggle multiple tasks at once. However, even though perspective employers view these skills as valuable, student athletes are still expected to perform well in the classroom. This can be problematic for some college athletes.

The NCAA has helped students some in this area by limiting the number of hours coaches can make their teams practice so that students have enough time to study and do homework. Yet and still, the process of juggling athletics and academics can be challenging.

Since there are thousands of college student athletes around the United States, in this post I’ll give you some tips for managing college athletics and academics:

The first thing that student athletes must do is GET ORGANIZED! Organization is the biggest key to success in the classroom and within your respective sport. All athletes have the discipline to stay focused while on the field or court, but it is important that this discipline transfers to the classroom. Here are a few things that you can do to stay organized:

1. Get a planner to keep track of your assignments

2. Carve out a piece of your daily schedule that you will devote only to homework

3. Meet with each professor at the beginning of the semester to let them know that you’re an athlete

Another thing that student athletes should do is get a tutor if they feel like they are falling behind in their classes. A lot of student athletes feel like they’re too “cool” or “tough” to seek help from a tutor…don’t let your PRIDE prevent you from doing well in your classes. Most colleges have tutors available for each academic subject area for free, so take advantage of this service if you need it.

Lastly, be sure to make friends with people other than your teammates, preferably your classmates. They can help you along the way if you are feeling lost in class or just need a group of people to study with.

The most important thing to remember is that the people around you want you to succeed in the classroom and in your respective sport, so they will help you…all you have to do is ask. Good luck

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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