Although student-athletes seem to live a grandiose life, many have no clue where their future is headed. While they see their friends interning and landing jobs, many cannot even find the time to network. Some of you reading this are student-athletes, some are the parents of student-athletes, while others have befriended student-athletes.
Either or, you must know the hard work student-athletes do and are required to put in not only in the form of school work but also physically. Depending on the sport, some teams have double practices- before and/or after school- and afterwards are expected to perform well in school while also traveling and competing almost every weekend. This leaves students with almost no time to truly practice what they are studying for and wishing to become.
It is not to say that student-athletes are entirely victims of a system only looking to extract their skills yet not allow them to develop new ones because after all, most athletes do receive great benefits: scholarships (housing, meals, and gear paid for), the admiration of other students and a sense of family.
The question still remains. What happens after college, when student-athletes graduate and can no longer use their physical skills and talents to survive? If they haven’t been able to acquire and develop experience on a job nor have they been able to earn money throughout college, what are they supposed to do then? Are college sports worth the price?
Documentaries such as “Schooled: The Price of College Sports” show the student athlete’s perspective of competing at a collegiate institution – giving an insight to what really goes on after competition has ended. Some schools have developed programs to foster student athletes’ athletic and academic achievements. For example, Peacock Nation at Saint Peter’s University is a program in which people can donate money to provide student athletes with more scholarships, newer equipment, and better athletic facilities as well as helping them succeed in an academic setting.