College athletes in sports such as football and basketball often take on celebrity status as their college careers are followed by die hard fans and made public through national broadcasting. While I am a huge supporter of college athletics, sometimes the love of the game and the passion that has brought these players so much success in their chosen sport can get lost in all the media hype. So today, in conjunction with another one of my college football game day outfits, I want to bring the topic of college sports back to reality and let you all in on some little secrets about the life of a student-athlete.
*This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
In case you did not know this fact about me: I was competitive swimmer from the age of 4 until the end of my junior year in college. I attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on a scholarship, but my swimming career ended a year early due to severe shoulder injuries.
If you follow college sports, you probably know your favorite football and basketball players by name, hometown, and competitive statistics. But did you know that there are currently more than 460,000 students who compete in 24 different sports in colleges and universities across the country? There are literally hundreds of thousands of college students who dedicate years of their lives to their sports simply for the love of the game. They are never showcased on television. The media never knows their names. While they may be the best in their sports, you may never know who they are. Yet they persist with a drive that is unparalleled by most and they revel in their personal successes just as proudly as the athletes you see on television. Most will not go on to play their sport professionally, but they will go on to be successful and productive people in their communities. And they deserve to be recognized and rewarded for their hard work as student-athletes.
The life of a student-athlete in college is no joke. This I can tell you from experience. My personal story dates back over 20 years ago, but I imagine the time commitments and curriculum are similar if not more demanding today. As college swimmers at a Division I school, we spent more hours in the pool and the gym than most people spend at their full time jobs. Then we managed full time course work as well. We logged more miles in the pool in a few years then some people will ever swim over the course of their entire lives. And then we wrote papers, took exams, gave presentations, maintained friendships, developed relationships that turned into marriages, and actually somehow also had a social life. Some belonged to fraternities and sororities and met those obligations. Others worked part time jobs. And in the midst of all that, most were successful at everything. Because there are tremendous skills involved in managing this type of lifestyle. Skills that translate into life after college and life after sports and lead to many more successes.
So when you meet someone who says they are (or were) a student-athlete, just recognize that this person has a level of dedication and passion and drive and commitment that most likely will carry them far in any other endeavor they choose. There is a sustainability, a never-give-up attitude, a durability and a toughness inherent in any person who traveled the path of a student-athlete. So while you are praising the players you see on television, please take a moment to recognize all the other superstars who dedicate the same amount of time and effort to their lesser known sports. These are the heroes of the future who will make huge differences and great impact in their chosen fields. To all the student-athletes (past, current, and future) who may be reading this post, I respect what you do and I applaud you.
Were you a student-athlete? What was your sport of choice? What lessons did you learn along the way that you have carried into your life after sports?
*Jacket, Skirt, and Scarf are all thrifted items.
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Mel of Mom With Style shared her post Matching Olive and Gray and I absolutely love the result of these colors paired together. By the way, if you are petite and are looking for lots of style inspiration and tips for dressing your body, Mel is your girl! Always fabulous, always stylish, always dressed just right!
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As you can see, I was definitely NOT a runner! I was much more coordinated when I had water to balance me!