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Student Athlete Research Guide - Beaver Campus

Keep the Student in Student Athlete

- COMMUNICATION - Let your professors know about absences or conflicts in advance so you can work something out. Don't be afraid to talk to your coaches or advisors if you're struggling or something is bothering you.  Reach out to other students in your class (not just the other athletes) for help.

- KEEP A REALISTIC SCHEDULE - Not just for class and athletics, but for your social life and even for sleep. Trying to map out your days helps, whether that's specific time for homework/studying, eating, putting a limit on those extra workouts or making sure you get enough shut-eye. Everyone should be able to thoroughly enjoy their collegiate experience. 

BE PROACTIVE - Prioritize school assignments based on due dates, and your estimated time need to complete the work. Make arrangements ahead of time to ensure you are prepared for your work by determining beforehand any resources (books, online articles, partner participation) you'll need to complete your assignments. 

- BRING WORK ON THE ROAD - If you're not bringing your schoolwork on the road with you, especially during overnights, you're doing yourself a disservice. I understand how important focus and preparation are when it comes to athletics, but sometimes the best way to focus is to get lost in some reading or homework for a few hours. Try to sit/room with classmates on road trips so you can study or complete classwork together.

- ENJOY - At the end of the day, if you find yourself having more bad days than good ones, don't be afraid to reevaluate your decision to be a student athlete. Not everyone wants to handle the stress and time demands that come with being a student athlete and there's no shame in stepping away from a team in order to improve your GPA or enjoy a college life a bit more.