For many, the most exciting part about working hard in a college career is getting to the long and well deserved break from tests and homework to kick back and relax. In the school year we have Labor day off, fall break, Thanksgiving break, Christmas break, MLK day, spring break and Easter break all before the school year concludes and we go home for summer. In total that is roughly 40 days off for a student throughout the year.
But what if you are a student athlete who is in season when there is a long break for the rest of the students?
Student athletes have a busy schedule as it is and it does not come with as many breaks when they are in season either. You have practice, weights, treatment, film studies, meetings, games, study hall all while managing school to keep a 2.5 GPA minimum. There is no such thing as a day off usually except for the mandatory day off set by the NCAA.
So while everyone is enjoying a Disney World trip for fall break or going to Panama City for spring break. The athletes in season have to stay at school, training or traveling to their destination for their next game.
This could overall take a toll on the athlete when they too want a break from the school life and living to go and relax on a beach somewhere instead of worrying about the 6 a.m. weights the next morning along with the two-a-days.
The constant athlete life also takes over the mindset of a STUDENT-athlete. When you are putting this much work into this sport you have spent your whole life working at, you sometimes forget that you are a student first and with the busy schedule you have it is easy to forget that.
The NCAA has made efforts to make sure that this is not the case and that student-athletes stay students first. However, studies from Peter Jacobs for the Business Insider has shown that they go well over the rules because of their dedication to the sport.