So many of the college athletes (mostly D3) I have spoken with have really enjoyed their athletic experience is college. Athletics takes more time than you can imagine. At the D1 level, 40 hours a week is more of a minimum, regardless of what the NCAA rules say. However, this does include homework time with the team and tutors. At the D3 level, 20 plus hours is common, depending on the coach. It is often a bit less during your off-season. Some students have told me that this schedule helps them stay organized and on top of academics. Here is a Huffington Post article with some interviews of student athletes.
Kathy Garrett has been a school counselor for over 30 years, and a college counselor for well over a decade.
Kathy Garrett, College Counselor
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