I was ready for the challenge on the field, but I struggled with time management off the field. I think student athletes need a solid support system while transitioning from high school, as that was something my university did not provide me.
It was a very small school, great with financial aid options if you have good grades, and allowed me to get lots of playing time.
Time management is imperative your first year, and that was something that many of the freshman in my class (and myself) didn't understand at the time . My focus was to fit in with the team more than succeeding in the class or on the field, and I suffered the consequences of that my first couple of semesters.
Focus a lot of attention at giving new students a support system outside of the team (in the classroom) and remind them why they are there. To play. I also felt that the freshman international students got special treatment, which is understandable in some aspects, but many kids don't understand that that first semester is a huge deciding factor in how they do the rest of their college career. Without that understanding, many incoming student athletes misplace priorities and set themselves up for failure. I speak from experience.