Opinion

Student-Athlete Struggles

If you decide to do a sport in college during your four years of high school, you have requirements for NCAA. NCAA stands for National Collegiate Athletic Association which means you have to complete 16 core courses to be able to play for college.  You have to earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I scale.

The core classes you have to take are English, Math, natural or physical science, social science, and foreign language. Of these classes, athletes have to take a minimum of 12 credits each semester.

If you want to play sports in college, another requirement is that you have to send your ACT and SAT scores in to the NCAA Eligibility. The ACT and the SAT are standardized tests that test a student’s ability to apply their learning skills in a fast-paced exam.

I personally think that they give athletes a more stressful time throughout their high school years. I feel like they go completely against a fun high school curriculum, because athletes have to overload on academics, do homework, and still have time for practice in the afternoon. NCAA puts pressure on the athletes to take more classes than normal students, because they want to see how dedicated they can be to two things at once. It’s stressful because you are trying to manage all of your homework for the classes and also playing sports at the same time. Sometimes, there isn’t even time to do homework or study, because often times athletes come home exhausted and barely have time for dinner and a shower. I stay up way later than I should to do my homework or studying for a test because I’m coming home so late from practice.

All in all, I think student-athletes are hard workers who are often misunderstood, because as we’ve seen, it is definitely not easy.

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