We know that college athletes graduate at a higher rate than the general student body, and we know they graduate with a higher GPA. We just don’t know why–it could be that athletics drives people to accomplish more, or it could be that driven people self-select into athletics. It could also be both.
Most interestingly, athletes tend to have a higher GPA while they’re in-season than while they’re out-of-season. That is, they have a lower GPA while they have more free time. Take from that what you will.
Senior nights are happening across the country, and thousands of young athletes are becoming what they call “NARP’s:” Non-Athletic Regular People. They’re not necessarily becoming “non-athletic,” nor “regular,” but they are about to become a lot less busy.
If they choose.
It’s comfortable to be busy while someone else tells you what to it. It’s uncomfortable to be busy by initiating your own list of things to do.
In 2006 Seth Godin wrote one of my favorite blog posts, called “Make something happen:”
“If I had to pick one piece of . . . advice to give you, that would be it.
Make something happen today, before you go home, before the end of the week. Launch that idea, post that post, run that ad, call that customer. Go the edge, that edge you’ve been holding back from… and do it today. Without waiting for the committee or your boss or the market. Just go.”
Go. Make something happen.
[Thank you to these athletes who will become NARP’s this fall; you’ve made it exciting to wake up every day: Hallie Christopher, Kristen Stanek, Rachel Poirier, Courtney Poirier, Audrey Yokopovich*, Chloe Karnisky, Eric Priester, David Trabold, Ryan Ross, Dan Griffin, and Aaron Hayes.]
* Yokopovich will also participate in women’s lacrosse in the spring.