Surviving Stress of Class as a College Student Athlete


Back to school, back to school, to prove to dad I’m not a fool.

It’s that time of year boys and girls. Yes, fall ball, but with fall ball comes that school and class thing. In the words of the great Ohio State Student-Athlete Cardale Jones:

“we ain’t come here to play school”

Cue all the tweets and snapchat stories bitching about studying or passing exams or all night study sessions. Let me give you some advice from a former college student-athlete with an 1880 SAT score (i wasn’t a dummy).

I must first say, if you’re tryna be a doctor or a lawyer or whatever, go pull your hair out for 4 years and get your straight A’s. Best of luck.

But for the majority of college athletes that went to school with no career ideas other than play ball as long as you can and study business because they make you pick a major, I’ve got some advice for ya

Stay eligible.

That’s it. That’s all you gotta do. For some of your schools that’s a 1.7, for some it’s a 2.0 or a 2.3. I’m not telling you to slack off in school or to not study or turn in your work. By all means try your best. Good grades sure won’t hurt you. Go to class. Pay attention sometimes. I’m telling you that you need to stop losing your mind and pulling your hair out over exam scores and final grades. It’s not worth the negative stress you put on yourself.

I promise you business school / communication majors, if you make the right moves and work your ass off after school, you’ll find a job with a 2.3 GPA in college just as you will with a 4.0. In the business & techy world we live in today, do you think an employer values GPA or values work ethic, personality, and skill set when hiring? AKA the advantages of having student athlete on your resume? You guessed it.

An exam score will not decide your fate

Stay healthy on the field, stay eligible off the field, and meet as many people as possible throughout your four years. That’s what will matter.