As the ncaa puts it, “student-athletes must, therefore, be students first” there are, of course, many cases of athletes who are primarily students, particularly in “minor” (ie, non-revenue producing) sports. For athletes, there is an additional ideal called the sport body ideal thus, student athletes feel pressure to maintain a body type that can sometimes be ideal for their sport, but it may be opposite of the culturally prescribed thin ideal. Junior educational studies major kelly baick is an honors student planning to change her major for the second time she is also a student athlete “it’s completely different from high school,” baick said of maintaining her grades as an athlete “my first semester as a freshman was really hard for me to figure out that balance.
The life of a student athlete by uloop growing up, hundreds of thousands of young athletes dream of playing college sports then reality sets in everyone on your jv basketball team isn't. College athletes are some of the hardest working people in the nation, having to focus on both school courses and sports because athletics take so much time, these student-athletes are always busy college football and basketball are multi-billion dollar businesses.
Making it to the college level as an athlete is not as easy as one might think even though there are hundreds of colleges to chose from for example in football only 57% of all high school athletes will play their sport in college.
Students athletes have much more to prioritize than the average student i know firsthand what it's like to be a student-athlete every day, i am running from class to the next class and then to the café to make sure i get some kind of protein in my body because i know i have weights later. To current student athletes, imagine what life would be without your sport the enjoyment and challenge of balancing your school work and athletic activities make all the difference student athletes have a love/hate relationship with their sport without it, they’d be a completely different person. Student-athlete struggles student-athletes in college face many different challeges that most regular student do not face with exceptions to students who work multiple jobs to attend school and really deal with conflicts, athletes time is very valuable.
Being a student-athlete is a full-time job, it's not easy but in the end team comradery and a scholarship check at the beginning of the quarter or semester makes it all worthwhile. But since starting a college sport i have come across many new challenges and sacrifices i wasn’t expecting many dream of having the opportunity to play a sport in college and few are able to achieve that goal.
As the ncaa and the media focus more attention on athletes’ academic performance, one of the best ways to improve the education of student athletes is to give them license to pursue their academic goals by making it clear that their teammates, and society as a whole, support them in their academic endeavors for this to happen, we will need many more stars like cardale jones speaking out about the importance of education, instead of tweeting about the pointlessness of going to class. 20 real struggles only student-athletes would understand devan s | sep 24, 2014 3:30 pm | nov 3, 2016 12:16 am whether you are a male or female college athlete, there is no denying that your life is much different than that of a typical student. Richard sherman, who was a seattle seahawk at the time this video was made, talks about the struggles of being a student athlete he doesn’t talk at all about compensating ncaa athletes, but what he does explain is how managing your time as a student athlete is not an easy task.