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Finding Balance In Life As A College Athlete

Every individual in the world has a million ideas, thoughts, tasks, etc. running through their mind on any given day. As we all have our different aspects of life on our minds, the one thing that remains constant is the 24 hours ticking away.

The work-life balance, in my own words, is a concept in which there is a stable equilibrium between your work (occupation and career goals) and your life (wellness, family, friends, and sources for enjoyment).

In order for your work-life balance to be beneficial and be of a healthy standard, you must possess strong time management skills. By using time management skills, it will allow for an individual to know when they’re devoting too much time towards one side whether it is work or their lifestyle.

College student-athletes are subject to making smart choices on how they use their time. They’re individuals who need to maintain an equal balance between work and life because their job on campus is to perform highly in and out of the classroom. Each day, they are extremely occupied to a point where they must utilize any slight free time very strategically and exert it for beneficial use.

The daily life for a college athlete is extremely busy and routine oriented. Unlike a student who is not a member of a collegiate team, the college athlete must use their time wisely and capitalize greatly on moments where they can sit and complete their academic work. With the several daily tasks an athlete has, the room for leisure time is very small. Each minute must be used with great effectiveness.

Personally, I believe college student-athletes should be commended for their ability to maintain a balanced life. They are expected to perform just as well as the rest of the students at their respective university in the classroom even with the pressure and stress a collegiate sport can bring.

Credits: University of Houston

From my own experiences and observations, the average day in the life of a collegiate Division I basketball student-athlete is as follows:

7:00 a.m. – Wake up

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – Class begins

9:15 a.m. – Leave class, eat a quick snack or drink a protein shake

10:00 a.m. – Report to locker room for practice

10:30 a.m. – Practice starts

1:30 p.m. – Practice ends

1:40 p.m. – Lift starts

2:30 p.m. – Lift ends

2:45 p.m. – Post practice/life meal

3:30 p.m. – Class begins

4:45 p.m. – Class ends

5:00 p.m. – Study hall begins

6:15 p.m. – Study hall ends

6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. – This “down” time is for the student-athlete to use it in their best interest

10:15 p.m. – Lights out, bed time

I am aware different sports teams may have different schedules, however, it is clear that a college athlete's sport absorbs several hours of their day. That being said, any “down” time that a college athlete gets, they must manage their time well to effectively use it to its fullest.

Options to use their “down” time are as follows:

- Rest

- Study

- Eat/Drink protein shakes

- Get treatment

- Extra practice

The busy, long day of a college student-athlete is one to be proud of. Their ability to rise to adversity and accomplish achievements in and out of the classroom is what makes them so unique and special. Every semester, news articles are published regarding the academic excellence of student-athletes in Division I, II, and III who are committed on and off their playing field. Along with the long list of responsibilities a college athlete has every day, there are numerous diligent individuals who consistently earn spots on their university’s Dean’s List and strive for greatness not only on the competitive field but also in the classroom.

Credits: Michael Scott

These men and women are champions of the art of being a college student-athlete and to those, I stand and applaud because they exemplify the true meaning of being a balanced student-athlete.