3 Reasons Why Hiring A Student-Athlete Is One Of The Best Decisions You'll Ever Make
The other day my coach tweeted an article about speed training sprinting that caught my eye. One section of the article was titled "Doing Too Much Extra Work On Top of Sport Practice" and it basically said that athletes shouldn't think push themselves to do a lot of extra workouts on the side because it might affect their training. Being me, my mind went off in a complete tangent from there and I immediately had flashbacks on my struggles as a student-athlete. Long nights, the never-ending feeling of always being tired, knowing that after this competition is over, I still have to finish that essay that counts for half my grade, or be up early to give that presentation that my group is counting on me for. It meant bus rides spent studying and study groups in hotel rooms. Nevertheless, with these countless struggles, came a lot of positives. Positives that equate to reasons why you should seriously consider hiring the next student-athlete that walks into your office.
There is no such thing as a student-athlete who doesn't persevere. Or if there is, I've never met them. The word "quit" barely even registers with us (that's a slight exaggeration). When you're faced by opponent in competition, or in the middle of a hard race, there's no "quitting". We're all obsessed with winning, with being better than we were before. I'm sure you can see how this attitude can translate in a workplace. You can expect that athlete to do their best and oftentimes overachieve. Who doesn't want that quality in their employee?
When you're a student-athlete you're faced with choices every day - choices that most students don't really have to consider.
"I could go to that party tonight, or I could get a good night's rest in preparation for tomorrow's game."
"I can catch up on work now, or struggle to finish it by the deadline on the 3-hour bus ride."
"I really want to stuff myself with pizza and ice cream, but I also don't want to struggle through this hard workout in an hour."
I'm sure you're saying to yourself, "that doesn't sound so bad." Well, when you're sitting in study hall for the 3rd night in a row because you have to complete a week's worth of school work before you leave for a meet early the next morning, it feels "that bad". It's not easy, but we don't complain. Why? Because in the end we made the choice to be athletes. If a consequence of it is learning to make the responsible choice, then so be it. We eventually get so used to making these choices that they become our natural habits. I'm not complaining about that, though, and neither will you.
All athletes, whether they're students or not, have quickly come to find that positive vibes can transform even the worst loss into some sort of positive. We learn that half the battle is believing in yourself and your team, and not matter how things are going, they can always get better. No matter what the job is, having workers that trust and believe in the work that they're doing is something that reflects well on everyone. On top of that, athletes know how to self-motivate, and jump into leadership roles naturally. We're basically the model employee that you're always searching for.
SO WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED?
Basically, student-athletes (both former and current) are the bees knees and make the best employees. We stay focused, motivated, and won't quit on you at the drop of a hat. And the next time you have one sitting in front of you, take a moment to ask them about how they dealt with being both a student and athlete. There's a 99.9% chance they'll tell you it was challenging, but they wouldn't have traded it for the world.
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