The Student Athlete
Be a pro on the field and in the classroom
As a former Harvard hockey player, I know that if you don’t have good time management skills and a solid study method as a student-athlete, you are f*@%#d. It’s as simple as that.
I know the drill and I assume it is the same everywhere. The coaches tell you that you are there to play for their team and as long you have a high enough GPA to stay eligible (it’s not that high) they don’t care about your academics. You are in college to win games.
Nothing wrong with that.
Professors don’t care that you travel to away games every other weekend. They don’t care that you have forty fewer hours a week for your studies than most students. They don’t care that you have to write your essays on a bus and that you are always exhausted because you leave everything on the field every day. And they don’t care that you actually need more sleep than regular students because you need time to recover from your practices, workouts, and games.
Still nothing wrong with that. You know what you signed up for.
It’s all up to you
The problem is that nobody cares about YOU after you graduate. The coach has a new class of young players to take care of and your professors don’t care about your low GPA. It’s no skin off their nose if you don’t get a good job after college.
So it’s all up to YOU to get those A’s, play at your best, and find a good job – it’s no simple feat.
And don’t let me burst your bubble because some athletes do make it to the pros, I was hoping to be one of them – I was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers. Don’t give up on your dreams, but keep in mind that the chances of making it from college to the big leagues are less than 2 percent across the board (except for baseball which is slightly higher).
So, don’t put all your eggs in one basket and keep your grades up. Your GPA is important because you need to show that you are more than a talented athlete to get a good job after college.
I stopped playing due to three years of nonstop injuries and because I wasn’t doing well in school. I messed up. I would have done things a lot differently if I went back to college, but that’s not how life works. So at least let me help you avoid my mistakes.
We can help
Jim and I are here to help. Jim was a marathon runner and a straight-A student when he was in college and law school.
Please do yourself a favor and read his study advice on the How To Study tab of this website. It will give you a good foundation for what you need to do to get perfect grades and still have enough time and energy to be a top player on your team. You’ll even have enough time to party with your teammates – completely stress free!
If you choose to join the Shovel Study System, the Shovel app will organize your schedule in a way that has never been done before. It will help you be on top of your studies at all times. It will easily find all your Study Time. You’ll know how much of it you have and how long all your tasks will take and most importantly, if you have enough time to get them done.
This is especially useful for students who are constantly running short on time, like yourself. If you won’t have time to get something done, the Shovel app will let you know and it will help you prioritize your work. Something I’m sure you’ll need as a Student-Athlete. And it can do so much more!
The Shovel Study System will be your most valuable classmate and teammate!