The Benefits of Being a Student Athlete

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Who in their right mind would ever want to be a student athlete?

The seasons are long, the work is highly demanding, sometimes you have multiple practices in one day, sometimes practices are at the crack of dawn, and to top it off, even when you’re not in season you’re still playing.

The main question people ask when considering becoming a student athlete in college is: is this really worth it?

The answer to this question is YES! Being a student athlete in college may be exhausting and highly frustrating at times, but overall, there are several benefits that come with it.

Some of these benefits include:

  1. FRIENDSHIPS | The transition to college is always hard, especially when it comes to meeting all new people. Playing a sport gives you the opportunity to make new friends right off the bat. Your team becomes your family, and most people keep these friendships forever.
  2. FITNESS | Obviously, playing a sport gives you the opportunity to stay motivated and fit. This way you can avoid gaining the freshman 15.
  3. MORE OPPORTUNITIES | Expressing that you were a student athlete in college shows employers that you have the ability to work well with others, and have good time management skills. These are two attractive qualities to have when job searching in the future.
  4. SUPPORT | If you’re ever struggling in academics, athletics, social life etc., your coaches, teammates and professors have your back through it all.
  5. STAYING BUSY | Playing a sport allows you to have something to do all the time so that you’re never just sitting around. It also can help get your mind off of things if necessary.

So if you’re reconsidering playing a sport in college, just remember: the positives outweigh the negatives.



I'm Sam Peebles and I am a communications and media major at Nazareth College of Rochester class of 2018. I'm originally from Syracuse, New York. I am a blogger for the Golden Gazette, and I'm a member of the Nazareth women's basketball team.


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