April 2014

The Scenario

Kate was a star soccer player in high school and hopes to continue playing in college. The school she will be attending has Division II women’s soccer, and the coach is anxious for Kate to join the team. However, her academic program is extremely challenging and she’s worried about maintaining a high GPA. She’s heard from some people on the team that, especially during the season, it’s better to take easier classes so you can go to practices and games, and also get your work done without stress. Kate doesn’t feel comfortable following this advice because she chose her school because she doesn’t want to “take the easy way out.” On the other hand, she doesn’t want to play intramural soccer, for fear that it won’t allow her to play up to her potential.

What role should sports play in Kate’s college life?  Should she follow the advice of her teammates?

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