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How to Manage Your Time in College

May 28, 2015 11:28 AM

Recruiting education brought to you by NCSA Athletic Recruiting, official partners of the USTA Player Development

Think you’re busy now? Wait till you’re a college athlete. According to a recent survey, Division I student-athletes spend up to 50 hours a week on their sport. (For perspective, NCAA rules only allow up to 20 hours per week.) What happens? There might be pressure from coaches, but also from yourself: to make every practice, to show your commitment, to be successful.

Prepare for the challenges college tennis players face with these steps you can develop now.

Have an agenda.

Everyone’s method of keeping track of their time and assignments is different. But you need to know what yours is. Try a couple different methods: an assignment book, a private tumblr or notes on your phone. Whatever works for you is the right answer.

Find your support network.

Most colleges have tutoring within majors, campus writing and resource centers and study groups specifically for athletes. If you’re a senior who’s already committed (congratulations!), learn what those resources are. If you’re an underclassmen considering which school seems best for you, ask how current players stay on top of their studies.

Remember your goals.

Never forget that while you’re working to be the best tennis player you can be, you need to put the time in to get that degree and succeed as a professional. It would be hard to sit for a med school interview when your poor time management led to low scores in organic biology. Or when you’re sitting for an interview at Buzzfeed’s offices and you don’t have a portfolio because you phoned it in on your papers.

Go out. Compete. Have a great time. Be the best you can be as a tennis player – and as a student.

You can practice good time management now by saving time in your college recruiting with USTA’s official partner, NCSA Athletic Recruiting. Get the most out of your college search




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