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Is it hard to juggle sports and school? Has being in a sport affected your grades?

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Sammie’s Answer

I would say it is very possible to manage school and athletics. It may get tough at times when midterms start happening and traveling causes you to miss classes but it is important to be proactive and communicate with your professor! If I knew I was going to miss class, I would attend office hours so I would not miss any information. It can seem hectic at times but it is totally doable! Also, study hall will most likely be required as a student-athlete and tutors are available!
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Taylor’s Answer

Being a former student-athlete, I think juggling school and athletics can be achievable! Personally, I kept a planner and always had a schedule of my classwork and practices so nothing got lost or forgotten about. I actually found myself to be most productive and on top of things in-season!
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Jackelyn’s Answer

Hi! As a former student-athlete, I played softball in college and was able to double major - it is totally possible to achieve good grades. You need to take the mentality that you are a student first, always prioritize your classes and studying, as you need to keep good grades in order to play your sport. Some pieces of advice are to keep an organized schedule (i.e. what will be your study times), take time for yourself to rest and recharge, and be sure to be honest with your coaches if you need time away from practice to study. Also don't forget to utilize your professors and take time outside of class to get the help you need. Best of luck!!

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Joyce’s Answer

Being a former college coach I actually seen the benefits of being in a sport and managing the academics. I seen when the team was in season they had better grades then when they were out of season. You learn to do things right away to get them done and not put the assignments/ projects/ homework off.
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Zoë’s Answer

If you have the opportunity to be a student athlete, DO IT!! I loved my four years as a collegiate athlete and not only did I have great time athletically and socially but it also helped improve my grades. Through sports you learn to prioritize, develop great time management skills and learn discipline. If you prioritize your studies and use the discipline skills you learn through sports you will be able to juggle the time commitments easily. Important is to have system in place - block out time for your studies each day (even on friday's and saturday's when you are not competing). If you set aside time to study each day and adhere to your plan then you will do great!
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John’s Answer

This is a really good question. It is a challenge to balance an academic career as well as an athletic career. But don't let that stop you. Having played sports in school myself I would not change a thing. There will be so many different experiences you will get to go through that will help you grow and learn, while at the same time having fun. It is always important to remember that no matter what path you take or goal you set for yourself you always have challenges. Along your journey you will experience set backs, failures, and diversions that will challenge you. It is important to understand this before you start. Expect those things and don't let them deter you. Those situations are always opportunities to learn from. They will help mold you and give the knowledge, expertise, and most importantly confidence you need to be successful.
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