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College is a time to meet new people, have fun, and learn new things. Sometimes all those things can be a lot to take in. When you are starting off in a new place it can be hard to learn how and when to make time for certain things, especially when you are an athlete. College athletes struggle with all the same things as every other college student but they have a little more on their plates. With practices and classes it can be hard to find time for anything else. Just because their athletes does not mean they do not want to go out and have fun with their friends. It just means they have to work twice as hard to make sure they have free time to go out with their friends.

 

In Arthur Luebber’s article, he gives helpful tips on how to best manage your time as a college athlete. He says that a sports team can be compared to a full time job, I agree with this statement 100%. With team meetings, practices, and games, it can be hard to find time for anything else. When you leave practice, or come home from a game you are physically and emotionally drained. Its tough to sit down and do hours of homework after all of that. Luebber says that you should try to keep your schedule as simple as possible. Try and cut out unnecessary time wasting things, like taking a long time to get ready in the morning because little things like that can free up a lot of time for whether it be studying or just some free time to spending hanging out with friends

 

In another helpful article, written by Xenia Stewart, she explains that a establishing a schedule is crucial. You will have to base it around your practice and class schedule. Stewart also happens to be a senior guard for the Pittsburgh University women’s basketball team, so she speaks from experience. She goes on to tell the readers, “Keep in mind, though, there will likely be team rules about missing classes, being late for practice and workouts, etc. It would be wise not to try to squeeze things in at the last minute.” So you really do have to stay ahead of the game (literally and figuratively).

 

Overall, the most important thing for a college athlete to stay on top of their game is to have a strict schedule, and STICK TO IT. If you set your schedule and always make sure you have time to study and do homework you will always be able to do what you want in your free time and won’t be stressing over what assignments are due. YOU CAN DO IT ALL, IF YOU BALANCE YOUR TIME!

 

http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/key-to-survival-for-the-student-athlete-time-management/

 

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With Tryouts for Rowan’s Basketball teams on Monday night and midterms approaching these next two weeks, it can be a lot for a student athlete to handle. Just thinking about midterms is enough to make a college student stress out but add a tryout for a collegiate team on top of that and you will find out what stress truly is.

“It can get stressful fast if you don’t stay on top of your stuff” says Jason Sofman, junior. Jason plays on the Men’s basketball team here at Rowan University. “Rowan is my third school but being a student athlete was the same at the other colleges I went to. It can be tough but if you really want to do it all, school and sports, you have to work hard for it” says Sofman.

But in a way midterms and tryouts are a lot alike when you take a second to think about it.

You stress over them. There is a lot riding on them, with midterms its your grade and with tryouts its about making the team. You have to prepare before hand, with midterms you have to study and with with tryouts you have to practice. When preparing for both of these things you should always give yourself enough time to get everything done.

DON’T PROCRASTINATE!!!

“If it were up to me I would have either tryouts or midterms later. Its a lot for the kids who have to due both.” says Kendall White, senior. Kendall is one of the captains of the Rowan’s Men’s basketball team.

As I have said in my earlier posts, it all comes down to time management. You have to learn to balance your time when you are a student athlete. You have to establish what is a priority and what is not. The most important thing to remember is that you are in school to receive an education so school work should always be your number one priority. Just remember, YOU CAN DO IT ALL IF YOU BALANCE YOUR TIME! Until next time, I’m Anne Palmer.

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Balancing school and a college sports team can be tough, but I think its only tough if you don’t take the time to plan ahead and not procrastinate. I know this all to well because last year I was on the cheerleading team at my college, Rowan University. I played sports all my life and I never had any trouble balancing school, practice and friends back in high school. I think that is because my parents always there for me, making sure I was doing what I needed to do to stay on track, but college is a whole different ball game. Being on your own with all of this new found freedom is a lot to take in.

When you are a high school student and you realize that you are about to play for your college the first reaction is usually excitement. The fact that you will have to work twice as hard to balance everything is usually an after thought that does not come until you are knee deep in papers and have practice in an hour and class right afterwards. Being a college athlete is a lot like being a professional juggler, you have to be able to handle multiple things coming at you at once and you must always be prepared for the next thing ahead of time, you MUST ALWAYS BE ON TOP OF YOUR GAME.

Procrastination will be your WORST enemy as a college athlete. Yes going out with your friends sounds like a good idea, and yes saying you will just wake up early and study for test instead of staying and doing now all sounds good in theory. BUT in the long run you will regret it because you either will sleep through your alarm and not study at all or probably realize that you should of stayed in because you didn’t have enough time to study in the morning. I know it is hard to tell your friends you are not going out because you need to stay in and study but I’m sure in the future at some point they will have to do the same and it won’t sound so crazy. Yes it is tough to watch your friends go out without you but you could always study for a while and meet up with them later once you feel you have studied enough and are prepared for your test.

So just a few key things to remember, always make sure your school work is done before you go and hang out. It will cause you to be more relaxed overall because you wont be stressing over what assignments you have due and what test or quiz you have to study for. Your in college to get an education, remember that. YOU CAN DO IT ALL, IF YOU BALANCE YOUR TIME! Until next time, I’m Anne Palmer.

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