You know those mornings when you wake up and your body is sore from head to toe after the sprints you did the day before. You need to get ready in 5 minutes because you are almost late to class since you hit the snooze button at least three times. Half dead you leave the room and head to the day full of classes and practices right after that. Before you know it it’s 8pm, you find out you forgot to even eat and by the time you get to homework it’s 10pm.
This is a very typical day for most student-athletes across the nation. It doesn’t matter what division you play, student-athletes are superheroes! They are known to be phenomenal at time management, prioritizing, and putting on a good face even though inside they are exhausted. In order to fully understand what it’s like, one must just try this life himself.
It’s extremely easy for student-athletes to drop their grades or become isolated from any social or personal life. However, since athletics play a big role in the pride of schools, athletes need to strive for impersonation of perfection.
In order to keep your head straight on and off the field, court, course, etc. here are some tips that all student-athletes can use in everyday life to improve their game, grades, relationships and life.
1. Routine, routine, and more routine
Being a student-athlete usually forces you to have a daily routine, which really is the best thing for you. Keeping a daily routine keeps your work, practice and social life in order. You can stay organized with to-do lists, plus we all know how good it feels to cross out the things you finished. Along with a to-do list, you can have a list of priorities, placing the least important thing at the bottom, knowing that you might not get to it that day, but always trying to get the first things on the list accomplished. Having a hundreds things on your schedule is overwhelming and it’s easy to forget about some. Having it in writing in front of you (maybe hung on the wall), will put a bit of a pressure to get it done and also serve as a reminder, so you won’t forget anything important.
2. Ask your coaches
Often times, student-athletes are too afraid of their coaches and building a more personal relationship with them doesn’t seem like an option. Don’t be scared of your coach. In most cases, they were student-athletes once too and they know exactly what it’s like, including all the struggles you might be experiencing. The duty of your coach is to be your mentor, so put it in use. Whether it’s a problem with school, grades, professors or even personal life, don’t be scared to share your concerns with your coach. You might find that he/she understands you much better than you thought. Try to use your coach as a resource for answers for more areas than just athletics.
3. Meal time is friends time
During the season it is hard to make time for friends other than teammates. If your roommates are non-student-athletes and you find yourself never seeing them, then the solution is to make meal time a friends time. Every student-athlete should be eating at least three meals a day, so why not utilize your time and eat with your friends you never see. Set up breakfast, lunch or dinner dates with your non-athlete friends to catch up on life. This tip not only gets you into good eating habits but also lets you talk about other things than sports and have a social life.