San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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The Road to Success for Student-Athletes in EngineeringVarsity athletics and university engineering programs are both extremely time intensivecommitments. Each requires a considerable amount of discipline and self-motivation on the partof the student. Initially, it would seem that combining these two commitments would be a recipefor disaster, leading to an exhausted, time-crunched student and yield poor performances both inthe classroom and on the field. Many students however, continue to prove that concurrentsuccess is possible in both demanding disciplines. In this work, members of the university trackand field and cross country teams majoring in engineering and other science, engineering,technology, and mathematics (STEMs) disciplines have been interviewed to discuss their timemanagement and coping strategies for successfully navigating life as a student-athlete. Studentsdiscuss lessons they have learned, and how they have successfully been able to apply conceptsfrom their studies to athletics, and vice-versa. These teams were chosen due to the fact that theyeach contain the most recent male and female award winners for the university’s varsity student-athlete with the highest academic average during a competitive season. Further, both of thesestudents are majoring in STEMs programs. Interviews were conducted with students rangingfrom freshman through senior undergraduate programs, as well as students in Master’s and Ph.D.programs. The interviews highlight a series of commonalities and differences across thestudents, as well as provide an indication as to how perspectives change, both in regard to theirsport and their studies, as students progress through their post-secondary education. From thesepersonal accounts and interviews, a series of best practices for success as either a student-athleteor a regular student can be developed. It also becomes clear that there are many paths leading tosuccess.
Neale, A., & Grant, O., & Sachdev, M. (2012, June), The Road to Success for STEM Student-athletes Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/22093
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