One of the things that you need to consider once you get an athletic scholarship is how you are going to maintain it while going to college. Many times, students leave the guidance of their parents and for the first time in their lives find the unstructured freedom of college life. In this environment, the student carries the sole responsibility of maintaining their grades and social life without the management of family. When this happens to many students, disaster strikes because the student does not keep his or her grades up, or winds up getting involved in other things that can derail a good scholarship.
Below are ten pieces of action that you can take to keep your sports scholarship in tact while you have it in college.
Never Miss a Class – You need to keep a calendar of games, events and other things that reflect you schedule from semester to semester. Let your professors know ahead of time if you have to miss a class due to away games or other events. If you get really sick (and I do mean “really” sick, not just the sniffles) go to the doctor and get some paperwork. Turn in copies of that paperwork to your professors, especially if you missed an important test or quiz.
Show up on Time – Don’t show up for your classes late or for practices late either. Vince Lombardi used to require that his players show up 15 minutes early no matter what. That is a good habit that will help you out the rest of your life.
Dress Appropriately – Don’t show up for practices wearing torn up clothing or wearing anything that makes you look like you have an “attitude”. You can act arrogant all you want after you graduate. (Actually, you will be able to act arrogantly for about 5 minutes after you graduate, because after that you will then have the humbling experience of finding a job.)
Always Treat People with Respect - This kind of goes along with the last statement, but it bears repeating, forget arrogance because it gets very few people anywhere. Treat everyone you deal with in college with respect and kindness. You won’t believe how many people will get behind you and help you out when the genuinely like you.
Maintain a Positive Attitude – The famous motivational speaker, Zig Zigglar said “Will having a good attitude get me everything I want in life? Probably not, but it will definitely help you more than having a bad attitude will!”
Work Out Even in the Off Season – I know this is really a no-brainer, but you will need to stay in the best shape possible throughout your college years in order to maintain your scholarship and to get through college. Take every opportunity to stay in shape and it would be a good idea to find a team mate that needs to the same and work together with him or her to keep each other accountable.