Let’s talk about academics. Let’s talk school. Let’s talk studying. Let’s talk students. Let’s talk softball. Let’s talk sports. Let’s talk college. Let’s talk about the future. Let’s talk dreams. Let’s talk sacrifice. Let’s talk NCAA. Let’s talk eligibility. Let’s talk about being a Student-Athlete.
There’s a reason STUDENT comes first. You are a student first. You can’t play softball if you can’t pass your classes.
Being a student-athlete is hard. Let me say that again--- Being a student-athlete is hard. It doesn’t matter what level you are playing, or what sport you are playing. Being a student athlete is hard.
To perform at your best you have spend time practicing. And, we all want that right? We want to perform at our best. I do, I just want to be the best version of me so that when I need a little extra I will be able to BringIt. In order for you and I to be our best, we have to practice, which means you have to have time, you have to make time.
It is the same with studying. It’s making time to do your homework. It is spending an occasional lunch or dinner studying. It is studying in the car on the way home from practice and staying up late after practice to finish papers or homework. It’s being tired. It's trying to get a head start on homework, or dropping by a professor's office hours between classes for a quick question. Being a student-athlete is about time management and sacrifice. What are you willing to do to be the best athlete you can be? Being a student athlete is demanding. How are you using your extra time? How are you spending your down time?
In high school, I did my homework (no matter what) so I was able to get pretty good grades. In college however, it was whole new ball game. I had to figure out how to study and how to pass all the tests. I’m glad I took the time to see my professors. I learned it the hard way...
My freshman year of college I was on the USA Jr. World Championships team. I was away from school for four weeks for a tournament. I stopped by each professor’s office before I went and told them I was leaving and when I would be back. They instructed me to follow the syllabus and the tests would be made up when I got back. I remember returning and taking a make-up test for one class… which I literally scored a 32%. I was failing the class.
A couple weeks later, coach Karen Weekly came up too me and said, “So you aren’t doing so good in this class. What’s going on?” I told her, "I’m studying but it’s literally going in one ear and out the other, I have no idea what is important and what’s not so I don’t know what to study. We have a final next week and I’m trying to remember chapter 7-14. That’s so hard!” Coach Weekly proceeded to listen and she said, “Okay meet me at my office tomorrow during your teacher's office hours.”
I met Coach Weekly, she drove me to the Hill, and told me to spend the next 30 minutes there to find "direction". So I told the professor what I was having trouble with. We spent the next 45 minutes going over important topics, and in his words “REALLY important topics” (emphasis on really) for the test next week.
I came out and told Coach Weekly what happened and she said that is why you should always go to a professor's office hours before the test…and...always make sure they know your name. I ended up with an 81% on the test. Talk about a HUGE, improvement from my first test. My final grade in the class was a "C". It was my first ever. It was all because I took the time to ask my professor questions and for direction on studying for the test. See, teachers want to see you be successful too. Just like your coach wants to see you be successful. Make the most of the time you have; Student-Athlete.
Bachelor in Communications
Masters in Sports Business & Administration