There are many barriers to student-athlete success in college. These barriers can show up early in the process, or they can appear during college. The trick, is to know all possible college barriers now, so your athlete is completely prepared for any barriers thrown at them. It’s becoming clear however, that there simply is not enough awareness and education on college barriers. If there is, it’s normally in senior school when they already have so much going on with study and training, that it can be hard to focus on what barriers they need to be prepared for. The parents are not normally notified until late in the process unless they do the research themselves. That’s why i’m writing this blog, so parents and their athletes can be well aware of what some barriers to college success are, and how to be prepared for anything.
Lack of Organisation
Being a student-athlete in college is a busy gig. It is demanding, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Every area of your athletes life in college, needs to be mapped out to the minute in order to perform at the required level. None of this is possible when your athlete lacks organisation skills. They have to know how to keep a to-do list and create schedules to ensure they don’t miss deadlines, appointments, interviews and so on. A lack of organisation now, will make the college application process a long, and stressful one. You and your athlete have to be organised NOW, to ensure a successful journey.
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A lack of support systems, in and out of college, can have dire effects on your students time leading up to, and during college. For the most part, there are fantastic supports systems within college for student-athletes to help them with the demand of school and sport. These support systems help with guidance, study tips, personal matters, illnesses, injury, and so on. I can assure you that more often than not, you can be comfortable knowing your athlete has a good support system in college. It’s a good idea however, to research what support system will be available at each college on your list.
We know there are good support systems for our athletes within most colleges. That’s not enough though. Your athlete also needs to have a good support system outside of college. Find those people your athlete is comfortable around, childhood friends, extended family, immediate family, coach, high school advisors and guidance officers, and class mates. You can also include doctors, dentists, psychologists etc. Giving your athlete a strong support system outside of college, gives them someone to communicate with, when they don’t want to talk to someone they see everyday.
Simply gather a list of people and ask if they would like to be part of your athletes support system. The stronger the support, the more successful your athlete will be. They can address any problems that arise because they will always have just the right person to talk to. This will decrease your athletes chance of depression during college. It’s a good idea to have a support system in place now. The college application process is a long one, and having a strong support system leading up to college will make a huge difference.
When you help your athlete to learn impeccable organisation skills, time management should become a natural occurrence. However, even the most organised people can lack essential time management skills. It is therefore important that you reiterate and educate your athlete in the area of time management. It’s imperative in order to make appointments, interviews, and campus tours leading up to college. It’s even more important during college. Your athlete can not run late for training sessions and classes. Poor time management is a sure fire way to have classes dropped and worse, scholarships dropped.
Teach your athlete the importance of time management NOW! I know I say it all the time, but scheduling and to-do lists, are the only way to successfully keep organised, and on time. If you would like some great tips on how to help your athlete with time management, you can subscribe to PEAinternational so you never miss a post, tip, tool, or strategy to help your athlete gain entry into college on a sports scholarship. Just follow this link to subscribe today https://mailchi.mp/d2e37d7ced4e/joinpromotingelevatingathletes
Lack of Motivation
We are talking about our young teenagers generally between the age of 13-18. Right in the prime of hormones going crazy and outside influences creeping in. Your athlete is bound to have friends at school who are not athletes, and some who don’t want to study. You need to educate your athlete on the importance of keeping motivated. Show them that outside influences can bring a career down in a minute. Find a once promising sports star who threw it all away for a bad influence and use them as a motivator.
The important thing to think about, is how you approach this subject with your athlete. Push too hard and they might do things to spite you. If you don’t push hard enough, they may rebel and follow the wrong crowd. This is a touchy subject but one that can’t be ignored. Open those lines of communication now. Talk about what distractions could possibly creep in over time and how you will deal with them. Have an action plan ready to go. An idea is to find those activities your athlete loves to do outside of school and sport, and set up a rewards system to keep them motivated. Lack of motivation is definitely going to hinder your athletes chances of a scholarship in college.
Exams and Testing
When you know what college your athlete will be going to, you must make sure that you research what exams and testing that college is going to ask as a requirement. Often, parents and students can make the mistake of thinking that there is no required examination on entry to a community college, and a lot of the time there is. Another common problem is parents and athletes not knowing correct deadlines and requirements. The only way to guarantee this does not become an issue for your athlete, is by doing the research for every college and scholarship your athlete is applying for. Get those schedules and to-do lists and mark in every exam, assessment, and project that is a requirement on college and scholarship applications.
Unfortunately, there is not enough communication and education in the lead-up to college. Often by the time parents and their athletes are finally informed, things need to be rushed or worse, deadlines are missed. You cannot sit around and wait for your athletes school to remember to tell you when your athletes chosen colleges require examination. One school simply cant keep track of the thousands of colleges that their thousands of students are possibly thinking of attending. However, better education on the college process much sooner than senior school, will definitely help our young student athletes in their preparations for college.
This is why I do what I do. To raise much needed awareness and education so you and your athlete are 100% ready and prepared for any and all challenges that will arise in the four years leading up to college. And the 4-6 years during college. It’s time someone tells you the truth to the whole process, not just bits and pieces of sometimes irrelevant and not very helpful information.
Your Toughest Gig Yet
As a parent, you have a demanding job. However, as the parent of an elite student athlete with college aspirations, this will be your toughest gig yet. It can be a fun tough though. By tough, I mean it’s going to take time, hard work, and dedication, while still running a household, and working. You will feel tired and exhausted at times, and to top it off, you need to stay focused yourself, but you need to keep a teenager focused and motivated also. I’m not here to sugarcoat anything, but help you so you don’t feel overwhelmed, stressed, and daunted by the process. It can be an exciting and wonderful journey if you just have the right knowledge and support. Stick with me and your athlete will never miss an exam or assessment. You will have all the knowledge and support you need, and together, we will help your athlete achieve college success.
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There will be times when you will feel like giving up. The important thing is that you don’t. When you are feeling like this, you get on the phone and talk to your support system. Thats what they are for. This can be an enjoyable and exciting experience for both you and your athlete. When you prepare, persist, be repetitive and consistent, you will succeed. With the right knowledge and support, you will succeed. Know the barriers now and they become barriers no more.
This was part one of college barriers. Stay tuned for part two coming up. After you have read both articles, you will know what barriers you should be prepared for, and how to deal with them if they do arise. I can’t stress enough, how important it is that you begin the process as early as possible. The earlier you start the better prepared you will be.
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