4. New York Times is hostile towards "student-athletes" and the amount of commitment they have to their college educations

       In a 2012 article written for "The Opinionator" section of the New York Times, an author expresses his opinion regarding collegiate athletes and false perceptions about them and how seriously they take their educations.  According to the writing, the term "student-athlete" gives off false perceptions to society because "football and men's basketball players”—the writer's main focus—“identify themselves more strongly as athletes as students...spend more time on athletics than on their studies."  It is accurate to say that successful sports programs have a tendency to provide full scholarships for their athletic capabilities, but they still have to earn good grades, otherwise they are academically incapable to play. 

       With relevance to highly ranked athletic universities, I could see where many could believe such assumptions.  On the other hand, these same people usually aren't up to speed with the academic requirements a student-athlete is responsible for upholding.  Low GPA's are not acceptable at most if not all institutions.  This is especially applicable to schools with advanced sports teams, because some of the most highly ranked athletic schools also provide some of the most prestigious educations as well.  If the author of the article was a student-athlete he would be much more aware of what it takes to be a college athlete, and what they have to go through to be successful.  The article seems to deny the work and dedication it takes just to earn a scholarship to play on the collegiate level, despite the sport.  Everyone’s lifestyle is different, and anyone can be successful in, whether it is as an athlete or someone in the work place.  All goals are achievable.

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