The hard work that goes into playing sports in college is no joke. Just to start, the recruiting process is difficult. Looks and opportunities come from good grades, the right character, and years of hard work on the field. These things are time-consuming, they can be draining, and they’re all a major commitment.
That’s not even mentioning the stress and anxiety that comes along with the waiting and wondering of how it’s all going to pan out. And while there’s no greater feeling then getting that offer or signing that National Letter of Intent, from there, the hard work is just beginning.
For many of you out there — many of whom NCSA has been able to help on your road to college — it’s already time to think about getting to campus as a college student-athlete.
You’re in a new place, living away from home. Plus you’re adjusting to new teammates and rommates, new coaches, new professors. And it’s with even more school work, more hours on the field or court and in the weight room than ever before.
It’s a heavy load.
But it’s so worth it.
We promise: It’s worth it. (By the way, the NCAA totally agrees with us on the benefits of college sports.) Here are just some of the top reasons you should remember you’re doing this. Print them out. Hang them in your room so if you’re ever doubting why this is the dream, you’ll remember the benefits.
You’re receiving an education while you’re playing the sport you love.
A college education, a college degree, all through your love and commitment to sport. It’s pretty awesome. And that diploma in your hand in four years will be worth its weight in gold when you begin to job search and enter the career world. Getting an education is truly the name of the game at the end of the day, and it’s all yours as a collegiate student-athlete.
You have the rare opportunity to take to the path of earning your degree with some of the best and brightest by your side. With tutors and learning centers at your disposal, top-of-the-line technology, and many other tools waiting to be utilized should you need them on your road to academic success.
A bonus fact: NCAA student-athletes have higher graduation rates than college students in general.
You’ll get to experience things unlike any other student.
From the facilities student-athletes have access to, to the equipment they use, to the level of coaching and one-on-one training received both on the field and in the weight room, you pretty much have to go pro to take advantages of better training than at the collegiate level.
And don’t forget the facilities all over campus that are part of being a student-athlete.
Maybe you chose this school and its facilities because you love it, regardless the price. But for many student-athletes, one of the benefits of college sports is that they open doors to financial aid like no other path or program. From athletic scholarship money, to academic scholarships, to government assistance, being a student-athlete gives you access to not only financial aid money, but to aid in figuring out your aid – which can sometimes be half the battle!
Playing sports in college prepares you for life in a way nothing else can.
Aside from the healthy living practices that come along with basically being required to work out for four years, there are also many perks when it comes to eating and nutrition as a student-athlete. Division I and Division II student-athletes have access to unlimited meals at campus cafeterias and training tables. Many teams also provide diet assistance through a staffed professional when it comes to fueling your body in the best way possible for competition and healthy lifestyle.
This is an area many general students struggle with when heading to college for the first time, so student-athletes are at an advantage with from the get-go.
At the end of the day, playing sports in college provides you with life skills in a way that really nothing else can. Time management, perseverance, teamwork, hard work, commitment, facing adversity, rising up to the challenge, picking yourself up when you’ve been knocked down; playing sports teaches us more about ourselves than anything else.
And guess what? These are all things that make you extremely marketable in the workforce. Don’t forget to put sports on your resume – it will set you above the pack on so many levels.
Are you interested in talking to a scout about the benefits of college sports for you? The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.