Work & Play: Tips for Being a Student-Athlete in College

Posted by Matt Tittle | February 05, 2015

So you want to be a student-athlete, but you’re worried about how you’ll balance academics, a sport, and a social life? Here are some tips to make sure you’re winning in all aspects.


Make the most of your study time. Remember, you’re in college to earn a degree and chase your dream job. With a jam-packed schedule, it’s important that you dedicate as much time as possible to completing your assignments and studying. Take a break from your social networks, put in your headphones, and hit the books when you can. (At Becker College, our student-athletes are required to take one day off per week from athletic activities—a great way to designate time for studying.)

Eat well. This goes for all students: active bodies need to be nourished. Join your friends for a late-night pizza run, but make sure you compensate the next day by picking up an apple on your way to class, or grabbing a protein bar before heading to practice.

Plan ahead. Whether it’s setting aside an outfit for class, packing your equipment for practice, or throwing a snack in your bag the night before, do what you can to make the following day a little easier. (Trust us—your future-self will thank you.)

Join a club. You’ll undoubtedly form bonds with your teammates (our student-athletes love the team environment), but consider joining a club that you’re interested in if your schedule allows. Not only will you have an activity to partake in during the off-season, but you’ll also meet a new network of people while building your student resume.

Want to learn more about being a Becker Hawk? Click here. (Our Student-Athlete of the Week? Could be you!)

Topics: Advice, Becker Athletics

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