- Educate Them: These student-athletes took a huge leap of faith when deciding to come to your university believing that you would do whatever is in your power to lead them down a successful path, so make it happen. I am not saying to just hold their hands and do everything for them, but encourage them to diversify their course schedule, to take career treks, and expose them to professions that compliment their strengths.
- Monitor/Protect Them: Periodically check in with them via surveys or set up appointments where they openly express how beneficial the athletic department has been to them. Ensure that their safety on and off the playing field is a priority as well.
- Challenge Them: Dare them to be great in every sense of the student-athlete concept.
Going into my fifth year as a Northwestern University student-athlete, I see that our department has made strides in creating the most beneficial experience, which I am truly grateful for. I also believe that making sure the student-athletes graduate with a degree that will benefit them in the real world and ensuring that they are taken care of medically are the most important issues at hand in the world of collegiate athletics today.