“Oh, you’re so lucky that you can play a sport to go to college.”
Don’t get me wrong, we understand how tedious and stressful your application process is, how exhausting it is to attempt to maintain good grades throughout high school while building a professional resume, and most importantly, how expensive college will be – but what about doing all of that, while also training to be a serious athlete to be able to contribute to a university? There is a reason that college athletes have the opportunity for their school to be paid for, and your committed peers have news for you: luck only proceeds hard work.
While the schedule of a student-athlete may occasionally appear to be daily steps on how to cause a stress overload for teens, committing to be a student-athlete is not only to commit to a higher quality of life in and out of school, but also an opportunity to contribute to the school as a whole.
Yes, it is impressive for a student to be able to maintain a 4.0 GPA or higher, but this doesn’t make the university any money. Athletics bring in more people for admissions than any other event, while regular students don’t have the ability to contribute to the entirety of the school as effectively. A look at the list of any college’s courses, registration areas, or any other aspect of academics will illustrate athlete enrollment, and how important athlete enrollment is for the existence of some classes – without athletics, the libraries, student life, and student facilities wouldn’t be as nice, the reason being that the school simply wouldn’t have the funds for them.
That being said, not a single college sport loses the school any money: what folks don’t realize is that the colleges themselves don’t entirely pay for the athletes to go to school. The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), largely regulates athletic scholarships for athletes playing at universities. Athletes are also one of the highest percentage groups to graduate, making the money well spent as it increases the school’s success rate.
Being a college athlete is a serious commitment that requires the same amount of input as a full-time job – same goes for those who choose to pursue an activity like dance or theatre, although they rarely receive scholarships for their efforts. The amount of dedication in terms of time, effort, attention to detail, intellectual thought and individual sacrifice that comes with even improving oneself as an athlete and a team player, depending on the sport, is enormous and takes greatly from the time that one may be able to spend studying, doing homework, or preparing for exams.
The average student body is important to the university as a whole, because without the non-athletic enrollments, there wouldn’t be much of a school. However, know that whatever school you go to, your athletes’ tuitions are hard-earned and well-deserved.