Posts Tagged ‘badgrades’

It’s not work…

Friday, December 6th, 2013

On a chilly Wednesday morning Lynne Andrews the Assistant Athletic Director at Fort Lewis College came and spoke to our Administration of Programs in Exercise Science class. She spoke with such enthusiasm when talking about her life accomplishments and about what she did to get to where she is now. She discussed about the type of connections you make with people on a daily basis. The importance of it and how it can change and mold your life to get you to where you want to be.

To hear Andrews talk about her success not only as a student athlete while in college but even as being a coach after college was very interesting. It was amazing to hear how she networked with mentors such as her own coaches who helped her land her first assistant coaching job. She proved that hard work and dedication can get you to where you truly want to be. It doesn’t stop there, she also talked about how playing and coaching has taken her all of the country and even to Germany! She knew she wanted to give back to the community that had helped her be successful. Coaching was a way for her to help these young athletes in directing them in the right path of success.

Once administration was what Andrews wanted to pursue after she was done coaching, she was full speed ahead trying to gain knowledge and experience in that field. Hearing how she did everything she could to just get experience made me think of what I needed to do, so I can get experience in what I want to do as well. Andrews talked about her journey to where she is today and how she does not think of her job as work but how she wakes up every morning loving what she does. Andrews passion for what she does fired me up and when I walked away from class that day I knew one very important thing and that is to

LOVE WHAT YOU DO!

Because it should not be seen as work but as something you enjoy doing everyday.

-Thank you Lynne for coming to talk to us! (: I appreciate it.

Bad Grades, Shmad Grades….

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

When you think of the term student-athletes traditionally, the student aspect comes first. Nowadays, the term has flip flopped, the athlete holds the term alive. Recently athletic directors have lowered the GPA requirements at certain schools for athletes to be eligible to play. Ultimately us bloggers (Al and Ab) believe that it does more harm than good.

Good (or reasons the lowered GPA requirements is acceptable): It keeps some kids off the streets and on the courts/fields that typically wouldn’t meet the previous requirements.

Bad (or reasons the lowered GPA requirements is unfavorable): Work ethic and internal motivation to achieve in the classroom is lost. Laziness and being able to just get by becomes the new norm. NCAA requires a minimum GPA in college so if those student-athletes expect to play at a higher division, high school would not be preparing them effectively if they lower the GPA.

All in all, lowering the GPA for high school student athletes ultimately hurts them in the long run. Keeping the GPA where its at and providing study hall and tutoring options for the student-athletes would be a beneficial way to provide outlets for the struggling scholars.

Here is a funny video on the topic.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDpK6iyXNdk[/youtube]

“You do that homework assignment, Can I see it?”

Peace and Blessings,

Al & Ab