If all you want to do is play college sports, then why is it so important that you become a good student?
Academics is important because of the impact it will have on your future. You need to consider the role your grades will play in determining the colleges you may or may not be able to attend.
Try to understand the short term and long term value of becoming a good student and excelling at academics. In the short term it will help to build your confidence and provide a sound foundation of work ethic that will carry over into your athletic preparation. In the long term, it will help to determine your college opportunities as well as your potential financial earnings and even your career.
Here are some additional facts about academics that all Student Athletes should consider:
- 40% of all College Student Athletes have some form of Academic Scholarship.
- College Coaches can pick between equal athletes and they will do so by always picking the athlete that is the better student first! You can count on it.
- The higher level academic universities require higher levels of academic success for admission. Start working early at being a good student.
- You can potentially double or triple the number of colleges you can attend and participate in sports at by having at least a accumulative 3.7+ GPA. Many colleges are very expensive but they do provide financial and academic aid to those who qualify.
- Academic preparation can enhance your appeal to numerous potential college programs and coaches. Many coaches will not even consider looking at athletes if they do not qualify for their schools academically!
- Your GPA during your sophomore and junior years will weigh in at over 70% of your total GPA that colleges will consider when looking at your academic qualifications.
- The higher your GPA in high school, the greater the number of colleges you will be eligible for athletic participation.
- Focus on preparing for the SAT/ACT exams and obtain the highest scores you can. Colleges weigh these exams heavily when considering admissions.