Hi Betsy! This is a great question. I myself was a Division 1 athlete in college and would have to say that it was one of the most rewarding experiences. My college experience was very different from others who did not play sports, there were sacrifices I made to keep up with my academics and athletics. But one of the greatest skills I learned during my time as an athlete, was time management. When it comes to academics, you will learn how to prioritize your work loan and meet deadlines. Your athletics obligations consist of practice, games, conditioning, lifting, and coaches meetings. Though it was challenging, it was rewarding in that I had the opportunity to play a sport that I loved, at a very competitive level, while also getting my education. Everything is manageable, and I wish you all the best of luck!