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The college I will attend in the Fall wants me to be a "walk on" for track. I never requested to participate in sports.; I would like to concentrate on my studies. Should I do it, or should I concentrate on my studies?

I was the 2015 State Champion for JV Girls Cross Country (Independent Schools). I also hold my school's record for the 400 meter event. I need more scholarships, but I really want to concentrate on my studies. I do not want to lose the scholarships I already have.
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Kelly’s Answer

If you are passionate about running, walking-on is a great option for you. It is a great way to meet people and to stay active your freshman year. If you decide that it is taking away from your studies, you can always "quit." Yes, it is an option! Trust me. This is the best piece of advice I received.

On the flip side, if running doesn't bring you happiness, you should focus on your studies and spend your spare time doing what makes you happy. Don't feel pressured to walk-on just because they asked you to.

I hope this helps. I received a track scholarship and gave it 110% despite soccer being my true passion. At a point, it was doing me harm and other's noticed. The second my parents told I could "quit," a weight was lifted off my shoulders. You need to do you and don't live with regrets.
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Richard’s Answer

Time management is key if you want to do sports and still get good grades.

Go to class. Plan to spend 2-3 hours studying for every hour of lecture. Attend your professor's office hours and any TA review sessions. If there is a test bank, use that as a study tool to understand what your professor wants you to focus on for the test.

Treat school like a job. Get up early, get to work and when your work is done at the end of the day, you can spend time on demanding extracurriculars like track.
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V’s Answer

It is not clear from question if the scholarship you got currently is academic or sports related. Putting that aside for a moment, the biggest thing is - investigate what it means to be a track member in your university. Talk to other players, ask for their commitment of times.
- Then look at the major you want to do and investigate how much time it will take to prep for it.
- Then do some analysis if doing both is even an option.
- Also do some introspection to see if you "want" to do both.

Doing sports gives you automatic friends - who are your team mates. For a freshman, that can mean a lot. However, that is not the only avenue - you can join clubs, other organizations and meet friends that way too.

I would suggest do the track only if you like it. College sports are very demanding and if you do not like it - you will not enjoy and grow. I can tell you that some companies do recruit sportsmen/sportswomen too. So think in those lines. And if you do change your mind - then you can quit - especially if your scholarship is not sports related.
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