evolution-of-manThe day of graduation has came and went and now your ready to explore the world, be confident in the knowledge you have accumulated throughout your career as an student athlete.

One of the scariest days for a student-athlete is the day that their education comes to an end when they make the walk across a stage somewhere to accept their college diploma. Graduation day will be the culmination of an academic and athletic career for most student-athletes. Graduation day will also mark the student-athlete’s entrance into the “real world” where they will have to utilize the knowledge and skills they have obtained in a new career.

The college (and high school) student-athlete is somewhat of a different breed. He or she is asked to do more with the same amount of time as any other student. A college athlete may have classes all morning 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., then have time for lunch, and then catch an afternoon class from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. After the afternoon class, the student-athlete heads back to his/her dorm room or, possibly, his/her off-campus house to get everything ready to head to a meeting with his/her coaches.

After such a meeting, the student-athlete will then get ready for the afternoon practice which begins at say, 3:30 p.m., and will last until around 6:00 p.m. After dinner, the student-athlete heads to the library for a two-hour study session and then back to the dorm/house for some more homework before a little late night video game action with his/her roommates. In bed around midnight, the college student-athlete sleeps knowing that tomorrow, he or she will get to do it all over again the next day.

The demands of the student-athlete are great and the best will develop a routine and stick with it. It is this type of routine that will aid the graduated student-athlete as he or she heads into a new career. The pressure of game-days are now replaced by the pressures of deadlines. To the student-athlete who had dealt with pressure for four or maybe five years, meeting a deadline becomes easy.

Student-athletes develop a great amount of pride in what they do and this will translate into their new career. Student-athletes must deal with teammates just as in the “real world” where they will deal with their new colleagues. The confidence developed as a college student-athlete makes anything possible. The drive to succeed in a new career is equivalent to the will to win on the field or court.

As a newly graduated student-athlete, one should feel confident in the preparation, the knowledge, and the skills that have been developed. All of the class work, the homework, the tests, the practices, the games…all have prepared you. Stand tall, be proud, and go explore the world that awaits.

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