Will athletics take away from my academics?

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Will athletics take away from my academics?

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Will athletics take away from my academics?

They could, because a lot of time will be required. If you budget your time properly, perhaps it won't.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

Will athletics take away from my academics?

I think athletics will enhance your academics. You will have to be more diligent in your time management. However, the endorphin aspect of physical activity has been shown to be a positive in every way. The opportunity to make new friends outside of your classes or residence hall is also a bonus.

Karen Ekman-Baur
Director of College Counseling Leysin American School

Will athletics take away from my academics?

There is no reason that involvement with athletics should take away from a student's academics. In fact, having the social and physical outlet of athletic involvement may actually lead the student to even more academic success. The secret is to establish the proper balance between the time spent on athletic training and competition and the time needed to attend and effectively prepare for classes. Establishing this balance is not necessarily easy, but it is worthwhile for a student to focus on his/her personal time management in order to enjoy all of his/her college commitments to the fullest.

Lora Lewis
Educational Consultant Lora Lewis Consulting

Will athletics take away from my academics?

They can if you let them. Be conscientious about striking the right balance between sports and school. It can be tough to juggle long after school practices with the homework and study load that comes with rigorous classes. Unless you are planning to attend college on an athletic scholarship and are being actively recruited by college coaches, always make academics your top priority. College care far more about your grades than your success on the field or in the pool.

Megan Dorsey
SAT Prep & College Advisor College Prep LLC

Will athletics take away from my academics?

If you are a varsity athlete in high school and are planning on playing college sports, you already know the answer to this question. Any demanding activity requiring 20 or more hours per week of your time will take away from academics. This doesn’t mean your academics will suffer; it means you have to work harder, stay organized, and sacrifice sleep or other activities in order to get it all done. To encourage this, most college athletic teams have daily or weekly study hall times. Yes, you may struggle to keep up during competition season, especially if your sport involves a lot of travel and missed classes, but it can be done.

Jessica Brondo
Founder and CEO The Edge in College Prep

Will athletics take away from my academics?

This entirely depends on you. Most universities structure classes so that they do not get in the way of practice schedules, but varsity athletics programs are grueling to say the least, requiring many hours a week of practice, as well as time spent traveling for games. However, it is still possible to maintain an excellent academic record while being an athlete. It requires a great deal of hard work and discipline and there is no room for slacking off, but then, sports are like that too.

Tira Harpaz
Founder CollegeBound Advice

Will athletics take away from my academics?

Possibly. If you are a varsity athlete at college, the time commitment will be very significant. Although you might have managed such a commitment in high school, college academics can be much harder than high school and you might find your coursework suffering. However, with good time management skills, many college athletes do well academically. In addition, having played a varsity sport in college can be very appealing to employers and studies have shown that athletes often do very well professionally.