When you hear the term “student-athlete”, one word should spring to mind: perks!
With academics, you get access to private tutors, counsellors and athlete-only study halls or even whole buildings that are dedicated to making sure that you are staying on top of your university work. If you travel during exam time, you will be granted extended deadlines on assignments when you go away for competition, too.
Not only that, you will also get some great athletic advantages. You will have access to some of the best facilities in the world – glamorous locker rooms, state of the art weight rooms and incredible stadiums.
There are also top coaches and athletic trainers to keep you fit and healthy as well as the physios, medics and nutritionists who help keep you on top form! Obviously, these vary from school to school, and the better you perform, the better the perks!
It is also worth mentioning that you will have a much easier time adjusting to college as your teammates will become your friends from the moment you walk on campus. Unlike most first-year students, you will never have to eat a meal alone!
Being a student-athlete is the gift that keeps on giving; the benefits of playing college sport don’t end after you graduate! . If you chose to stay in America, the Athletic alumni networks are extremely active. Your college sports connections can give you some great post university job opportunities.
But no matter what you decide to do after your college experience, potential employees will be jumping for the chance to have you as a part of their team. You will have gained some amazing qualities from your four year at college, that you can only learn by juggling both full time education and training.