The Life of a Student Athlete
Detailing the grueling, yet rewarding life of a student athlete is an intricate, complicated task. That is why we think that it is better that you hear it from a former Division 1 college athlete directly. In a recent editorial, Nicole Gibbs outlines her student-athlete experience. Here are some highlights from her day:
- 8:00 a.m to 12:15 p.m: class and lecture
- 2:30 p.m to 6:00 p.m: team practice and workout
- 7:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m: office hours
- 9:30 p.m to 11:30 p.m: homework and assigned reading. Get ready to do it all again!
As you can see from her sample schedule above, things can get pretty hectic. Some may wonder, “with such a full schedule, how could I possibly improve as a tennis player or remain academically focused?” According to the WTA Top 100, there are two ways that college sports can mold your character and ultimately make you into a better player, as she writes that “my crazy schedule taught me the balance that is necessary to performing well on tour”, Gibbs continues “college offered me camaraderie with teammates - an opportunity not often provided to tennis players - excellent coaching from a tour veteran, Lele Forood and her associate head coach Frankie Brennan, state of the art fitness facilities, training rooms, and staff, the stability of home base eight months out of the year.”
While there is a growing trend amongst young elite athletes to dismiss education as a means to an end, Gibbs provides a wonderful alternative to aspiring athletes. Indeed, her ascension to the WTA Top 100 demonstrates that there is no single pathway to greatness.