Student Athlete’s Higher Standard

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Student athletes should be held to a higher standard because they chose to commit to the indefinite challenges and deal with a whole new set of responsibilities. Being on a sports team is a huge privilege because there are lots of people who don’t get that same opportunity in which it should not be taken for granted. Although there is a struggle with maintaining school and sports, student athletes are expected to balance both.

Ultimately, they should aim to do better because they made the decision to commit to this lifestyle. This chosen lifestyle has many expectations that are automatically set because it’s the stereotype. Student athletes are looked upon as prime examples of “leaders” and “role models” and have to portray that image. Many schools rely on this image to keep a good reputation, while many people look up to student athletes because they are filled with drive and determination.

“Leaders” and “Role models”

All throughout my high school experience, I have had the opportunity to play for both my high school team and club team that is outside of school. My goals as a student athlete are to hopefully get a scholarship to a Division I program to play collegiate volleyball, while also receiving my education at a high level. With that being said, during my Sophomore year of High School I made the varsity team and was in many AP/IB classes.

I expected that this was going to be a challenge that needed focus and commitment everyday and I knew I was on the road to reaching my future goals.

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It was the battle between maintaining good grades and keeping my starting position on the court. This is true in many cases where student athletes have that passion towards their sport and know that most importantly, getting an education is the main focus. Student athletes are students first and then athletes, receiving a good education should always be the top priority.

As a student athlete myself, we are aware of the circumstances and should be held to that higher standard because of the chosen lifestyle we decided to commit to.

Challenges

While most people have many responsibilities that they face on a daily basis, student athletes are challenged with a whole new category that are very difficult to handle.

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“Once sports are involved there is more work and responsibilities beside school, family and jobs, which leads to higher expectations in the athlete” (Young). Although it was the students decision to be a part of a sport, there tends to be a difference between managing a proper work ethic and athletics.

“Once sports are involved there is more work and responsibilities beside school, family and jobs, which leads to higher expectations in the athlete.”

With high expectations comes higher standards, and to be held at a higher standard means that you are surrounded by high expectations created by others. At the same time, you are living under a persona that people perceive you as, but you should still hold yourself accountable and remember that you are in control of your choices. “You are accepting the fact that you cannot be influenced by people with no direction in their lives” (Efap). To abide by these higher standards, student athletes should present themselves in a way that is both responsible and respectful towards others.

“(…) cannot be influenced by people with no direction in their lives.”

Counter

With all things in life, there will always be situations where something or someone comes in between, or disagrees with what you stand for. In this case, a valid argument that could oppose this message is that “student athletes should not be held to a higher standard and should be treated the same as everyone else.”

Equal

“ student athletes should not be held to a higher standard and should be treated the same”

As stated before, student athletes are students before they are athletes hence ‘student athlete’. Therefore, I believe that they should be held to a higher standard because they are both a student and an athlete. They have chosen to deal with both school and sports and have to learn ways to balance both, which was their own decision. Dealing with both school and sports is definitely a life lesson and there is a lot to learn when it comes to managing time, maintaining a good self esteem and focusing on the important things.

The Reality

In conclusion, the life of a student athlete is not all rainbows and butterflies. There are a lot of responsibilities that they have to deal with, while also focusing on themselves and their health.

Based on this, student athletes should be held to a higher standard because they decided to manage the obstacles that come with both school and sports. Athletics is a privilege and student athletes are expected to be responsible.

I think these high expectations keep student athletes in check, especially to manage their responsibilities while achieving their goals.

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