Men’s and women’s golf team members on what it means to be a student athlete

Riley Kieswetter hitting a putt.

Being a student-athlete can be highly rewarding but also challenging. It requires a strong commitment to both academic and athletic pursuits as well as effective time management, discipline, and a passion for both education and athletics. 

They attend classes, complete assignments, and work toward their academic goals, just like any other student. Maintaining good academic standing is essential.

This involves regular practices, training sessions, and competing in games or matches as part of a team or as individuals.

The Men's golf team at picture day

“I red-shirted last year, so I’m really excited to finally get to compete this year and play with the team and have fun. I also love the discipline it has taught me these past three semesters. It taught me how to become a better student and athlete with a strict schedule,” Glenn Sutton said.

Balancing academic and athletic commitments requires strong time management skills. Student-athletes often have busy schedules and must separate their time efficiently to excel in both areas.

Success as a student-athlete often requires a high level of dedication and discipline. This includes staying physically fit, practicing regularly, and continuously improving athletic skills.

Student-athletes must prioritize their physical health and well-being. They need to take care of their bodies through proper nutrition, rest, and injury prevention.

“Playing golf at QU means a lot to me because I get to play the sport I grew up playing at a collegiate level while obtaining my bachelor’s degree at the same time. I love how welcoming the girls were when I came here as a freshman. They made it feel like home,” Lily Vardaman said. 

Being a student athlete gives students the opportunity to become friends with their teammates. 

Friends who understand the athlete’s commitment to their sport and are supportive of their goals can be particularly valuable. These friends can offer encouragement and understanding during intense training or competition periods.

The rigorous training and competition schedules of athletes can sometimes make it challenging to maintain a wide circle of friends outside of their sport.

“My favorite golf course was Gateway National in Madison, Illinois. It’s a link style course which really suits my game. It also has bent grass, which I grew up playing, so I’m used to it,” Riley Kiesewetter said. 

Balancing these responsibilities can help student-athletes develop a well-rounded set of skills and experiences that can benefit them in various aspects of their lives.

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