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What is the most difficult aspect of being a student athlete.

I want to play college soccer and want to know the challenged I will be facing.
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Shannon’s Answer

I was a student athlete at Illinois State University and did both track and cross country. Like Heather said a big challenge is balancing priorities of athletics, academics and social life. Being able to manage your course load can be challenging at first, but the academic advisors know the time commitment for athletes and try to help you plan your course load accordingly. For example, most freshman will start out with the minimum 12 hours of classes to be considered eligible for NCAA. This helps student athletes determine if the 12 hours course load is appropriate or if they can handle more classes in a semester. Most schools have athletic study centers, which are like mini libraries for the athletic department. They have a group of advisors to help talk through your class schedule, upcoming tests/projects, and will help you schedule tutoring appointments if you need it. Like Heather said, the student athlete is extremely rewarding!


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Hi Mackenzie! I was a student athlete at the University of Virginia and found the biggest challenge to be balancing the competing time priorities of my sport, academics and social life. The athletic department was great at providing support for academics but it was work to build and maintain friendships outside my sport. The student athlete experience is incredibly rewarding so I wish you the best of luck!
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