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College Knowledge for the Student Athlete

David Schoem

Publication Year: 2013

This book was written to support the academic success of student athletes—whether at a large or small university or college, whether team or individual sport, whether women or men, whether on scholarship or not. While all college students must learn to negotiate the complex transition from high school to college, student athletes face unique challenges, including the complicated set of regulations set out by the NCAA and individual conferences that determine eligibility. The current environment in college athletics makes it even more critical that student athletes understand what they need to do academically and how to avoid potential situations that could jeopardize their athletic careers. College Knowledge for the Student Athlete is a road map and tour guide for a successful career as a student athlete. Tips are based on research and the authors’ experience, as well as the wisdom and advice of hundreds of former student athletes.

Published by: University of Michigan Press


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p. 1-1

Title Page, copyright

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pp. 2-5

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pp. v-x

We have written this book to support the academic success of each and every college student athlete. We want them to succeed academically and athletically in college and to graduate so they can realize their life’s hopes and dreams.

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pp. xi-xii

We are indebted to the University of Michigan Press for supporting and encouraging this project. While this book builds on the success of David’s earlier book, College Knowledge: 101 Tips, the Press understood that there were unique issues facing student athletes and that this population of students would be best served by a book addressing their specific concerns. ...


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pp. xiii-xviii

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1. The Top 10 Tips for a Championship Education

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pp. 1-26

The importance of maintaining your self-confidence in college cannot be overstated. If you practice good study habits and have the desire to succeed, you will do just that at each and every college that offered you admission. Know that this is true, remind yourself daily, and never question your intellectual abilities. ...

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2. Make the Most of Your Opportunity: The Rules of the Game

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pp. 27-53

Many student athletes start getting recruited for college scholarships as early as Grades 9 and 10. While this can be very exciting, it also makes it difficult to live in the here and now of high school. We’ve all heard stories about the blue-chip athlete with boxes full of recruitment letters. ...

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3. Seek Advice and Learn to Listen: Practice Hard and Make Use of the Training Room

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pp. 54-78

The essence of being a learner is to be an active participant in your education. It’s easy to go through the motions of being a student. You just have to “talk the talk”—go to class, take notes, go to study table, do the homework, etc. ...

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4. Discover Yourself and Your Identities: The Ball Is in Your Court

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pp. 79-99

In high school, you heard the drill about the importance of representing your school, your team, and yourself with pride and honor. As you’re learning with most things in college, this expectation will be even more important, more prevalent, and taken even more seriously as a college student athlete. ...

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5. Explore the Campus and Expand Your Horizons: From the Locker Room to the Press Conference

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pp. 100-116

Some of the most important lessons you will learn in college will take place outside the classroom. You can learn from every individual you encounter and every activity you participate in, no matter where or when those interactions take place, as long as you make a point of reflecting on those encounters and experiences. ...

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6. Make a Difference in the World: Step Up to the Plate

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pp. 117-136

You bring a new set of eyes to the world around you. As a college student, you have the ability to see problems and opportunities that older people may not see so clearly. Each generation has the chance—even the responsibility—to learn from the past and present and to make changes to improve and sustain society for the future. ...

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7. Health, Safety, Family, and Finances: It’s All about the Team

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pp. 137-163

As much as your mind and your physical body need your care, attention, and stimulation, so does your inner soul. Feed and nurture it and you will be that much stronger and more grounded to face each day. Beyond any material goals or even academic achievements, what is important to you in life? ...

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8. Looking Beyond College: The Olympics of Life

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pp. 164-182

Many high schools recognize the importance of resume writing so they help students write their first resume either by assigning it in a class or making it part of the college application process. If you did not have to write a resume in high school, you should make it a priority to write one soon. ...

E-ISBN-13: 9780472120260
Print-ISBN-13: 9780472034543

Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 2013