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Being a student athlete?

I'm starting college in Fall 2018, and I'm going to be playing Division 1 soccer at the school. I was just wondering if anyone has advice or any tips that would help with time management?
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Scott’s Answer

First, recognize the opportunity you have before you and focus on developing good relationships with your coaches, team mates, teachers, and class mates. Finding a friend in your classes where you can study together and bounce ideas off will be key in developing a good foundation for your education. Excellent workout habits will enable you to build a strong foundation for being a successful athlete. Finally, as enticing as it may be, stay away from the party scene. Believing you can handle the party scene, school, and athletics, is a mistake. I've seen plenty of student athletes lose it b/c they thought they could handle it.

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Start now. Focus on your school work and your athletics. Push yourself in both. Talk to teachers and coaches about what you can do to step out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself.
Don't lose focus after graduation. You'll have a few months 'off' before you head off to college. While it's important to enjoy this time, it's also important to not lose focus on the journey in front of you.

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Rachel’s Answer

<span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>




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Christina’s Answer

First off, CONGRATULATIONS!


My best advice is to draft a schedule out. I know it is cliche but trust me, it works. Remember to give yourself some time in between your practices just in case they run over. Block off your class, and dedicate your free time to homework, projects, and studying. Make sure you also block off an hour or two to yourself, you'll need it. I know that procrastination is extremely tempting so just be aware of the time. If you need to set alarms on your phone, then do it.


The first year will be extremely difficult no matter what so once you get used to it, the rest of your years will flow better.


GOOD LUCK!


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Bob’s Answer

That's a good question. One of the biggest challenges for incoming freshman is time management. If you are playing Division I soccer, I suspect you qualify for resources on campus to help student athletes like yourself. I know many colleagues have tutors and other dedicated staff for athletes to ensure their academic success.

Another idea would be to sign up for a college success course if offered on your campus to help you with time management , study skills, etc. Hope this helps!

Thank you for answering! I know that we have mandatory study hours and various spots on campus set aside for athletes and study hours, but I didn't know if anyone had a specific tip. I'm doing well with time management in high school, but I didn't know if there was a tip for making that jump. Andrea J.

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Simeon’s Answer

To manage school and sports, I'd say try and make your school schedule more manageable. Try to take the classes that occur less times per week and schedule them back to back as well. If you have relaxed professors who don't mind, use blank class time to catch up on your other homework. Identify times during your school week where you're stuck somewhere and can't do either sports or relaxing. See if you can squeeze some study time out of those blocks. I'd recommend checking out the Quizlet app; it's free and allows you to study flashcards anywhere and on-the-go.

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