Student-Athletes Strive to Win On and Off the field

By Taylor Caldwell

Collegiate students-athletes are often stereotyped as those who think about their sport first and school second.  But for many student-athletes, their competitive natures motivate them to succeed both on the field and in the classroom.

There are several requirements student-athletes must fulfill at Loyola University to
maintain a good academic standing.  Beginning in their first semester, athletes must screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-12-16-29-amattend bi-weekly meetings with an academic advisor, fulfill eight hours of required study hall hours and uphold a minimum 1.8 GPA to be eligible to participate in their sport.

Student-athletes are often held to a higher standard than other students, but they are provided with many dependable resources.  Katrina Geiger, a fifth-year senior on the Loyola women’s lacrosse team, expressed the importance of the tutors, required study hall hours and academic advisors.  “Time management is key when you’re an athlete and academic advisors are a great because they check in on what you’re doing and make sure you get your work in on time.”

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Katrina Geiger staying organized with her student-athlete planner

Bailey Mathis, a senior on the Loyola women’s lacrosse team, explained how organization and relationships with professors are key to academic success. Mathis, who is a co-president of SAAC and a member of the Loyola Green and Grey Society, also emphasized the importance of extracurricular activities, “I believe what motivates these student-athletes to get involved is the ability to make an impact in something other than their sport.”

With this strive for success and involvement comes many difficulties.  Amy Abdalla, a senior on the Loyola women’s lacrosse team and a member of the Jeff Janssen Leadership Academy, said, “As an upperclassman, having to worry about what to do after college, in addition to finishing your last season or making time to do internships with our practice schedule, it is extremely stressful.”  Abdalla voiced time management as the most challenging aspect of being a student-athlete, especially in season.

The encouragement, facilities, and resources the school provides the athletes allows each individual the opportunity at academic success.  Loyola University aspires for greatness in all areas and ultimately strives to emphasize the student in student-athlete.

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