Why Student Athletes Struggle with Time Management
Entering class Monday morning from a fun weekend, with a mindset that all is ok, I excitingly take a seat then, reality hits when my teacher utters “will you please hand in your research papers.” Your first thought is oh my how did I forget, and, before you know it, your grade takes a hit for the worst. This situation is common amongst freshman, student athletes; not only is a paper due, but they also have to make up a test, due to a traveling game a week ago. Time management has become more and more important with student athletes, who are required to do more than regular students. A statement from the online journal Athletic Insight argues, “recent evidence suggests that athletes may experience even greater levels of stress due to the dual demands of athletics and academics placed on them during their freshman year” (Pritchard, 2). Fulfilling the requirements for school, performing well athletically and maintaining a social life require time management, which many first year students fail to do, due to their lack of knowledge and experience.
For freshman athlete, college can be very demanding. As a student athlete, I am required to take 12 credit hours, complete 800 word papers, and study for tests, all this while still maintaining my presence on the athletic field. Doesn’t the eighth amendment state that no cruel or unusual punishment is to be performed on anyone? Once classes end around 12 p.m., I head to the café to get a bite to eat, with maybe an hour break. Then I’m off to the athletic field house to watch a film in preparation for the next week’s game and shortly after I’m off to practice until 7 p.m. After eating again, showering and running errands, I only have a certain amount of time to study in order to be in bed in time to receive my proper sleep, so I’m able to function the next day. Classes in college, or in my case seems like jail, half of the time I’m totally confused on the subject being taught or just zoned out, trying to catch up on some rest that I lost the night before. Managing time seems almost impossible, when considering the different things expected of student athletes.
On the athletic side of things, our sport programs try to aid in helping us stay on track and stay up to date in the classroom, but it seems as it just isn’t enough. In the article “Time Management Tips for College Athletes” Smith states that, “It can be difficult for any college student to organize their time, but when you are a student athlete you have even more commitments than your peers” (Smith 2). This suggests the time athletes may have to complete work at times just isn’t enough. Although separate hours to study are allotted to athletes and tutors are available, more needs to be done. Considering that college athletes represents the NCAA, the NCAA should make provisions in order to better accommodate student athletes academically. This would help student athletes manage their time...