The effective way to become a successful student athlete in college.
In most part of the world, college students dream to be a successful athlete. Having a sports scholarship at the university may have several benefits.
However, attaining such a goal is difficult. The academic loads (e.g. assignments and projects) are hard to simultaneously accomplish. With the sports’ demands added to the regular academic load, a student may experience an overwhelming fatigue and stress.
So how will you become a successful student athlete in college?
The key to the success of a student-athlete is finding the balance. But you can only achieve it if you learn how to manage your time and being able to set your priorities.
However, this does not come easily. These skills take time to develop. But in the right direction, you can develop the skills you need.
In this post, you will learn the basic steps. It is my hope that after reading this article, you will be able to deal with your academic and sports goals.
1. Start your assignments as you receive them
If you are an athlete, your time is limited for studying your lessons. You may be spending more time in practice than studying.
To finish all your assignments despite your busy schedules, it is important to start your school work as soon as you receive it. This will not only help you finish your projects fast but also helps you avoid procrastination.
The common problem with most students is that they set aside their project for a while and only start doing it when they want to. Unfortunately, the delay causes procrastination. As a result, most students cram in the end.
If you are a student-athlete in college, you have more challenges than regular students. This means that you need self-discipline and time management more than anyone.
The good news is that, if you are that determined to be a successful student-athlete, you will reach your goal no matter what.
2. Build rapport with your professors
Building a good relationship with your professors or teachers will help you along the way. They are good sources of advice. And most importantly, you need their understanding, compassion, and consideration.
With a better relationship with your teachers, you will easily find solutions if ever schedule conflict arises. Professors usually understand students’ athletes.
Such rapport in the campus with the important people will make your journey as a student and as a sports enthusiast easier.
3. Find support
As a student-athlete in college, you may be experiencing difficulties in some of your subjects. This is because you might not have enough time to focus on your study. In addition to that, your mind is preoccupied with the things you need to keep on the court.
But you can always find ways to lessen your burden. Seek help or support from your classmates or from your fellow student-athletes.
If you couldn’t find what you need from your fellow students, then seek help from your professors. This is the ultimate way to deal with difficult projects and assignments.
Discuss your current situation to them. As a teacher, I appreciate students who really take such courage to speak up about their concerns with me. Your professors will do the same.
4. Maximize your study time
The key to success in school is not about how much time a student has but how does he/she use it. This is the reason why time management and self-discipline are very important.
Since your study time is limited, you need to maximize it. Spend every minute of your free time studying. But don’t forget to have fun. Your mental health is important as your physical health.
Achieving your goal as a student-athlete in college is not an easy journey. And it is not for everyone. Only the disciplined and determined students can do it. If you want to pursue that path, you need to recognize it demands.
But if you think it is a dream right pursuing you, then you need to give 100% of yourself. I hope that this short article gives you tips on how to be a successful student athlete in college.
Be prepared. Stay focused. Never give up!
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.