Why freshmen student-athletes face a tougher transition than most | The Collegian

Insightful piece on the difficult transition to college athletics.

Meghan Reese ’s transition from high school to college was just like everyone else’s, trying to adjust to an increased workload and the importance of time management.

“The school work is more demanding, you have to study more and make sure you do assignments early,” Reese said. “I think in high school you could push things off, but if you do that here, you’re digging yourself a hole that’s hard to get out of.”

But Reese, a field hockey player at Penn State, and many others have to deal with something that most students don’t worry about — the time commitment of a Division I sport.

Student-athletes have to balance the academic and social aspects of college with a workload of practice, conditioning, travel and games.

In high school, the schedule for athletes is the same pretty much every day — maybe some conditioning in the morning, then class all day, then practice or games after school.

But college athletes have to adjust their school schedule around practice and conditioning. They have to find the time to get work done, which can get very difficult when the season starts and teams begin traveling.

Missing class and missing work is never good for a student. But sometimes student-athletes don’t have a choice.

Those situations are new for freshman athletes, but they know they have to take action to get back on track.

“When you miss class, you have to make sure you’re proactive and meeting with your professors and getting the work you missed,” Reese said. “I think the Morgan Academic Center is really helpful with that, getting tutors if you miss work.”

Read the entire article at The Collegian.

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