Time Management for
made it through high school, passed your college entrance
exams, and chose the university you are going to attend.
Another great thing is that you have been given the opportunity
to avail of scholarship for athletes.
You are excited, and at the same
time nervous upon entering the college campus, you have no idea
what to do next. You first visit your coach and he or she told
you that practice starts early in the morning.
After visiting your coach, you now
go on to class. As a summary, the first day was not that bad,
no assignments, no formal lectures, just plain introduction of
the subject and course outline.
Next day, you wake up early in the
morning, refreshed and ready to train. The coach is giving you
a hard time, and you thought that it is only natural for
coaches to give newbie’s a hard time.
After training, you went to your
dorm room to get ready for your class. You were in shock when
you entered your first class, the professor who seemed so nice
turned out to be your worst nightmare. The professor gave each
of the students a 1500 word essay with a short deadline, and
you thought that you could manage. On the next class, the
situation gets worse.
After finishing the class you then
go to the field and made friends with the other athletes,
everyone was talking about party on that night and invited you
to go. Of course, since you want to make an impression and seek
their approval, you accepted.
In the party, a thought occurred
to you that you still have that 1500 word essay lingering in
the back of your mind. Thinking that you can still manage and
the deadline is not that short.
After the party, you’re tired and
went to your dorm room, and as if all the things you
experienced on that day wasn’t enough, your roommate was also
having a small party in your dorm room, the music was loud, you
couldn’t study, you couldn’t sleep and the place was a complete
You then woke up tired and
stressed out, you went to the practice field late, and your
performance was the worst performance in your entire life and
adding to your poor performance was the thought of the 1500
word essay. The coach was angry with you because of your
performance, he was giving you a hard time and telling you to
stay and clean the locker room.
At last, you finished cleaning the
locker room and you go to your first class of the day quickly
but still, ended up late. Your professor, as punishment does
not let you into the class because of your
The worst thing is that the
professor was giving tips on how to write about the essay. You
thought about failing the class but that would mean your
athlete scholarship would be revoked.
All these may seem impossible but
this situation truly happens to college athletes. They should
have a more advanced time management skills. Being admitted to
college is quite easy. The hard part is effectively managing
your time to accomplish all the activities you involved with,
and never neglecting your studies.
Many college students find it hard
to effectively manage their time between studies and other
extra-curricular and social activities. All these may seem easy
for an athlete compared to how they are going to manage their
time. They go through stressful trainings and could not afford
to fail in their academics to enable them to keep competing and
keeping their scholarship.
The sudden increase in
responsibility is very shocking for college students,
especially freshmen and college athletes. You just have to
study harder and train harder because of the new level of
You may be the track star back in
high school, but in college, many competitors can easily match
your record in high school. You have to train harder and study
harder to keep competing in your sport.
Here are some time management tips
for college athletes:
One of the first things you should
include in your time management planning is study time. You
have probably done it before back in high school, but it will
be quite different in college. It will be a lot harder because
you have a limited time for studying.
As a college athlete, you may have
contradictions on your match schedules and your classes and
even exams. Colleges offer tutors for college athletes to avoid
missing their classes and school matches.
Try to talk to your professor
about your schedule and he or she might consider transferring
you to another class with the same subject on another
Once you develop effective time
management skills, you will surely have time for your
trainings, matches, study time, socializing, and your personal