A Day in the Life of a Student-Athlete — Part 1

Rika Park, International Junior Golf Tour alum and current sophomore on the golf team at the University of Miami, has some very important things for students who are looking to participate in athletics in college.

  • It is important to meet with each professor every week. When we travel for tournaments, we miss multiple classes. It is very important for us to meet with the professor so that we do not get behind in our studies.


  • Freshman students will also have a mandatory 8 hours of study hall each week. These study hall times will be in the evenings after dinner. This study hall is not required for sophomores only if their GPA is high enough.


  • Utilize the resources around you to avoid getting bogged down with stress. The universities have programs for time management as well as tutors that you can use so you don’t get too far behind. Time management is the key to being a successful student athlete in college. You must have time management in order to succeed.

Rika Park

The hardest thing for many students is adjusting to new time constraints. Many students feel pressured as freshman because they have not prepared themselves to manage their time to meet deadlines that college classes and coaches request. Here are a few tips for students to begin to learn time management:

  • Make a routine and stick to it. Many students never learn this and end up struggling trying to do everything in one day. By creating a routine that you stick to each and every day you will be more productive, less stressed, and overall a more balanced student. One way to learn how to create and stick to a routine is to be specific. Make specific times and time frames that things must be accomplished in. This will not only help your routine, but will also help with setting goals for each day.
  • Set Priorities. By making a list of the things that must be accomplished in order of importance. This way you will not forget or leave off an important task that needs to be completed. Make a list of priorities at the beginning of the week and work on getting through that list by the end of the week.
  • Get organized! Many students do not get their classes, homework, dorm room or schedules organized. By making sure everything is in its place every day, you give yourself the best chance at not losing important documents or things that you need for the day. One of the best organization tools to use is a calendar. Mark down all the important dates (test dates, meetings, projects, golf tournaments) on one calendar. This will help keep all dates organized.
  • Avoid procrastinating. Many times, we use procrastination on big projects or tasks because they seem overwhelming or boring. Break the project into multiple, small, achievable goals or steps. This will help keep the mind focused on the task at hand instead of worrying about the project as a whole. Also try to reward yourself for completing each small step.
  • Avoid multitasking if possible. When you multitask, you lose focus on the projects that you working on. Confusion will ensue and organization will be thrown out the window. Instead, focus on only one task at a time. This will ensure that each and every project is completed correctly the first time instead of getting lost in the confusion of trying to complete multiple projects.
  • Remember, even people who have become time management experts have days where they cannot catch up and their schedules get messed up. Do not give up on learning how to manage your time because this is one of the essential skills in life that you will use every single day.

AnnDirector of College Placement, Ann Maness, has years of experience with the college athletics recruiting process. Ann is the second sibling in her family to join the elite college golf ranks and played for Coastal Carolina University, where she took no time to capture her first collegiate victory.

During her freshman year, Ann came from 6 shots behind in the final round of the Big South Conference Championship, firing a 68 to claim the individual conference title. To date, that 68 remains the single-round record for the Women’s Golf Big South Championship. Ann went on to capture two more singles titles at CCU.

She also participated in the 2009 NCAA Regionals, was a 4-Time Big South All-Conference Team Member, and was an 8-Time Big South Player of the Week.

You can contact Ann at Ann.Maness@juniorsports.com and follow her on Twitter at @DCP1AManess.