The Life of a College Student-Athlete
College life can be difficult sometimes. When you add a sport into the mix, it makes you wonder how people can manage it all.
I interviewed one student on the topic of the life of a college athlete. Cameron Kane-Johnson, 18, is a freshman at Westminster College in Pennsylvania. He plays basketball and some of his responses will be talked about throughout the article. Here is what the life of a college student-athlete may look like.
Student-athletes have to be able to successfully manage their time. Between class, practice, workouts, and games, good time management skills are a must. Procrastination never works well in the life of a student-athlete. If they are running late in one area, the other areas suffer as well.
Interviewee Kane-Johnson explained that his time management is basically based on the extent of his schoolwork.
He said, “It depends on how much classwork you are assigned during that week.”
He went on to explain that some weeks are harder than others, just depending on how much additional schoolwork you have to do. If student-athletes cannot manage their time with doing their schoolwork, it will always be there waiting for them when practice is over. It doesn’t go away and if you do not get it done, your grade will certainly suffer.
Whether it is communication with professors, teammates, or coaches, student-athletes must learn to be good and honest communicators. The students need to always be in communication with their professors to make sure the professor is aware of scheduling conflicts and missed class times. The student should also be open about the work load and how the professor is willing to accommodate or make adjustments.
Kane-Johnson said the following about communication.
“Professors being understanding varies … Every professor I’ve had in my first two semesters have been cool and understand that you do have your obligation to your sport. But then some of the upperclassmen on the team tell us younger guys who to stay away from while scheduling classes because they don’t care about your sport, they only care about you being there and getting your work done no matter what.”
In the case of Kane-Johnson, communication with his teammates and professors is very important because it determines how well he’ll be able to fulfill his commitments as a student-athlete. There are professors who are very understanding with sports, and some who are not. Whichever side of the spectrum a professor is on, it is the student’s responsibility to keep up the communication and let the professor know ahead of time what will be going on. Professors should always be in the loop so the student athletes can do well in their classes.
Self-care is very important for the life of a student-athlete. They must maintain good health to be able to get through school, practice, and games. This includes physical health and mental health. A lot of athletes stress the importance of eating right and exercise. It is not good for athletes to consume bad things because this can affect their physical ability and also their mental ability to perform well. Many athletes have required workouts just to maintain health and fitness.
It is no surprise that many, if not all, athletes find themselves tired all the time. The commitment to school work, exams, practice, workouts, and games leaves little time to socializing throughout the week.
Kane-Johnson explained, “… it is very hard to every single day be able to go to class, practice, workout and then all the traveling with the team … yes I do feel tired most of the day …”
When other students are meeting for clubs and other after class activities, most student-athletes must dedicate their extra time to their sport. This is another reason why athletes need to make sure they are taking care of themselves. The physical strain that they have to endure as a college athlete is second to none. If they are not healthy, this could cause issues for them.
Many college athletes will attest that having motivation is a huge part of their success as a student-athlete.
Kane-Johnson said “… I want to play pro so I voluntarily push myself as hard as possible to be the best basketball player I can be … You just have to find a way to push through and stay motivated.”
Kane-Johnson recognizes that motivation plays a huge role in him getting to where he ultimately wants to be: the NBA. College student-athletes seek motivation in various ways. A lot of them are heavily supported by their parents and other family members. Some are motivated by their significant others. Many of them are motivated by the fact that they made a commitment and have an end goal. Wherever the motivation comes from, it makes a huge difference in their success as a college student-athlete.
Apply to Write for Uloop NewsJoin the Uloop News Team
Discuss This Article
More Uloop Sports Articles
Recent University of Michigan News Articles
RECENT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN CLASSIFIEDS
WRITE FOR ULOOPApply to Write for Uloop News
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
TOP 5 NEWS ARTICLES
BROWSE OTHER COLLEGES
- By CollegeCentral Michigan UniversityEastern Michigan UniversityGrand Valley State UniversityUniversity of MichiganMichigan State UniversityWayne State UniversityWestern Michigan UniversityOakland UniversityDavenport UniversityFerris State UniversityAquinas CollegeDelta CollegeLansing Community CollegeMontcalm Community CollegeNorthwestern Michigan CollegeNorthern Michigan UniversityAdrian CollegeAlbion CollegeAlma CollegeAndrews UniversityBaker CollegeCalvin CollegeCollege for Creative StudiesCornerstone UniversityHope CollegeKalamazoo CollegeKettering UniversityLake Superior State UniversityLawrence Technological UniversityMadonna UniversityMarygrove CollegeMichigan Technological UniversityNorthwood UniversityOlivet CollegeRochester CollegeSaginaw Valley State UniversitySiena Heights UniversitySpring Arbor UniversityThomas M. Cooley Law SchoolUniversity of Detroit MercyUniversity of Michigan-DearbornUniversity of Michigan-FlintWalsh College of Accountancy and BusinessGrand Rapids Community CollegeWashtenaw Community CollegeKalamazoo Valley Community CollegeFinlandia UniversityAlpena Community College Bay De Noc Community CollegeBay Mills Community College Glen Oaks Community College Gogebic Community College Henry Ford CollegeJackson CollegeKellogg Community College Kirtland Community College Lake Michigan College Macomb Community College Mid Michigan Community College Mott Community College Muskegon Community College North Central Michigan College Oakland Community College Oakland Community College- Auburn HillsOakland Community College- Highland LakesOakland Community College- Royal OakSchoolcraft College Southwestern Michigan College St Clair County Community CollegeWayne County Community College DistrictWest Shore Community College Abcott InstituteAnn Arbor Institute of Massage TherapyBaker College Center for Graduate StudiesBaker College of Allen ParkBaker College of CadillacBaker College of Clinton TownshipBaker College of JacksonBaker College of OwossoBaker College of Port HuronBayshire Academy of Beauty Craft IncBlue Water College of Cosmetology IncBrighton Institute of CosmetologyCadillac Institute of CosmetologyCalvin Theological SeminaryCareer Quest Learning Centers-LansingCarnegie InstituteCleary UniversityCranbrook Academy of ArtDavenport University - Treasury Site DimondaleDavenport University-Battle Creek LocationDavenport University-Flint LocationDavenport University-Grand Rapids DowntownDavenport University-Holland LocationDavenport University-Kalamazoo LocationDavenport University-Lansing LocationDavenport University-Livonia LocationDavenport University-Midland LocationDavenport University-Saginaw LocationDavenport University-Traverse City LocationDavenport University-Warren LocationDavid Pressley School of CosmetologyDeVry University-MichiganDorsey Business Schools-DearbornDorsey Business Schools-LansingDorsey Business Schools-Madison HeightsDorsey Business Schools-RosevilleDorsey Business Schools-SaginawDorsey Business Schools-SouthgateDorsey Business Schools-Waterford PontiacDorsey Business Schools-WayneDouglas J Aveda InstituteEcumenical Theological SeminaryEmpire Beauty School-MichiganEverest Institute-DearbornEverest Institute-DetroitEverest Institute-Grand RapidsEverest Institute-KalamazooEverest Institute-SouthfieldExcel Academies of CosmetologyExcel Academies of Cosmetology-TroyFlint Institute of Barbering IncFocus-Hope Information Technologies CenterFrench Academy of CosmetologyGallery College of BeautyGreat Lakes Christian CollegeHillsdale Beauty CollegeHoughton Lake Institute of CosmetologyIn Session Arts of Cosmetology Beauty SchoolInternational Cosmetology AcademyITT Technical Institute-CantonITT Technical Institute-Swartz CreekITT Technical Institute-TroyKeweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community CollegeKuyper CollegeM J Murphy Beauty College of Mount PleasantManthano Christian CollegeMarketti Academy of CosmetologyMichigan Barber School IncMichigan Career and Technical InstituteMichigan State University-College of LawMoody Theological Seminary and Graduate School--MichiganP&A Scholars Beauty SchoolPaul Mitchell the School-EscanabaPaul Mitchell the School-MichiganProtege AcademyRegency Beauty Institute-LansingRoss Medical Education Center-Ann ArborRoss Medical Education Center-BrightonRoss Medical Education Center-CantonRoss Medical Education Center-DavisonRoss Medical Education Center-LansingRoss Medical Education Center-New BaltimoreRoss Medical Education Center-PortageRoss Medical Education Center-TaylorSacred Heart Major SeminarySalon AcademySchool of Missionary Aviation TechnologySharps Academy of Hair StylingSouth University-NoviTaylortown School of Beauty IncThe Art Institute of MichiganThe Salon Spa AcademyTwin City Beauty CollegeWest Michigan College of Barbering and BeautyWestern Theological SeminaryYeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit
- By State
- By City