The Reality of Life as a Collegiate Athlete


From the outside looking in, it may seem that college athletes live the perfect lives. They get all the attention, the girls, and the privileges. People also think that they get to attend schools on scholarships, good around in class because they’re not really here for the academics. However, if you were to dive a little deeper, you would see that college athletes are putting in a lot more work than the average student, a workload that most people couldn’t handle.

For one, they still have to attend class and make decent grades in order to stay on the team. To a regular student that may be easy. It’s just 2 to 3 classes a day taking up a total of 3 to 4 hours. After that, the normal student may study for a bit and then have the rest of the day to themselves to do whatever they please. However, for the college athlete, it isn’t just a few classes a day. They might have to be up at 6 am to go to weight training. After that’s done, they have to go to the classes everyone else does. Once that’s done, its time for afternoon practice. When all is said and done, they might not even have enough time to do their homework or study for an exam. They are both physically and mentally exhausted from their sport, and yet they must still carry similar workloads to us everyday students, the same students who complain about 8 am’s and having 2 exams in one week.

College athletes are viewed under more scrutiny than the rest of us. Their actions carry serious weight on and off campus. They are ambassadors of their respective schools. It may seem like a glorious life but they are judged more harshly than the rest of us, expected to be more mature than the rest of us. Next time you fantasize about living the easy breezy life of a student athlete, just really think about how much work goes into hitting that buzzer beating game winning shot.




Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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