By: Online Editor Deana Deo 

One may think that a student athlete in college  would have an easier college life. It’s believed that athletes get away with not doing their work or going to class solely because they are a part of this fun activity.

The fact of the matter is that it’s the complete opposite. Sports are a privilege; even at the division three level, the student athlete is not entitled to this opportunity. Being a student athlete means you have even more of a responsibility as a college student to do well in school, show up to classes, and make up any work you missed because of your games.

You have the responsibility to act properly and treat everyone and everything with respect. You are constantly being watched. Whether its your grades or credits, its kept on surveillance to make sure you’re eligible to participate. You have to be careful of what you say, what you do, and nowadays, since social media is so prevalent, you need to be careful of what gets posted online about you. As a student athlete, you represent the college or institution you play for, and thats why you need to follow all these guidelines.

Studies show that about 50% of student athletes either drop out or never receive any degree. The reason for this being that handling training, homework, going to practice or games, writing papers, having a job, diet planning, studying, getting enough sleep and let’s not forget trying to have a social life, can be extremely difficult when transitioning from high school to college. This is an issue from the division one level all the way to our division three level.

As a student athlete you learn to better manage your time, playing one to three sports a year. Being an athlete can have an effect on many factors of your life, good and bad.  When you are going to college, managing 12 or more credit , practices and games and possible part time jobs, can seem almost impossible. However, at the same time, successfully learning to manage your time is a valuable tool  for your future ambitions.  As well as time management, you also learn respect, self discipline, self pride and commitment.

These are important qualities to have for the rest of your life in anything you do. As stated before, the dropout rate is rather high, but student athletes that do graduate have a higher rate of being successful than the average student in college because of the character virtues they develop as a student athlete. What you put in determines what you get out of it.