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A day in the life of a student athlete at CIS University

Mens sana in corpore sano. Romans were right, and so are we.


Finding the balance between physical and mental performance is a double challenge for our college athletes, but it is proven that this combination is beneficial for the overall development of the students. Both for their academic and athletic careers and their personal growth as well.

However, a day in the life of a student athlete is often exhausting and that is why at CIS University we have created the Student Athlete Program to work on the motivation and mental toughness of our college athletes.

‘Thanks to CIS University, I’m growing as an athlete, a professional and as a person’. That is what Camila Guillén, a student of our Elite Soccer University Program, said and we can not sum it up any better.

Nowadays, as exposed in this Yahoo Finance article, college athletes’ revenues are skyrocketing thanks to advertising and product promotion on their social networks, and this puts the academic results of these students at risk.

But we know that high-level athletic careers don’t last a lifetime, so these young athletes have to be prepared to redirect their professional career when the moment arrives. Because of this, at CIS University we make available from day one our team of specialists to work closely with each student and ensure the maximum academic and athletic development.

Would you like to know more about the life of a student athlete? In this article, we will tell you all about it.


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Daily routine of a student athlete

College athletes’ life is not easy. According to NCAA surveys, athletes who combine their athletic career with college studies spend more than 40 hours a week training. 

Can you imagine what it would be like to get a college degree while working full time? 

Well, somehow, that is what student athletes do. And, in addition to studying and training, they must set enough time to rest, enjoy family and friends or just disconnect. So, it is a fact that happy people perform much better, both physically and mentally than people with excessive worries or anxiety. The emotional factor, therefore, becomes crucial to obtaining the best results. 

Would you like to know what a day in the life of a student athlete is like?

Every student has his own personalized routine but, in most cases, they get up early to do some workout and keep fit, then have breakfast, go to university and spend afternoons training until dinner time. The rest of the day is usually dedicated to studying or going out with friends.

And, if that weren’t enough, during the competition season, college athletes travel on weekends to participate in sporting events or matches. But, depending on the sport and the distance of the trip, these travels can even take place from Wednesday to Sunday.

We bet you may be wondering if the days of college athletes consist of the same hours as yours, is that so?

Well, indeed, the days of college athletes consist of 24 hours, just like yours, and to give you a better idea of what a day in the life of a student athlete is like, here is an example.


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Example of a typical day in the life of a student athlete

6.00 am – The Alarm clock rings. Time to get up and run, do some strength workout or stretching.

7.30 am – Shower and get the backpack ready for the day.

8.00 am – Breakfast on campus with friends.

8.30 am – Classes start. 

11.30 am – Usually, this break between morning and afternoon classes is used to meet the rest of the team or trainers and discuss about the next opponent or to look for different ways to improve your personal performance. Sharing the road with other college athletes is always helpful.

12.30 am – Lunch at campus canteen with teammates or friends.

1.30 pm – Back to the classroom.

3.30 pm – End of school hours.

4.00 pm – Training begins. It will last between 2 or 3 hours. First some machines or electrostimulation and then the specific training.

7.30 pm – Time to have dinner with the rest of the classmates and do homework or study until bedtime.

9.30 – 10 pm – Time to sleep.


What do you think? Would you be able to stand a day in the life of a student athlete?


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How to balance sports and education as a College Athlete

To be honest, leading this kind of life takes a lot of effort. That’s why at CIS University we offer an American higher education and athletics through high quality, personalized and comprehensive support services with all the necessary tools required to reach the greatest possible success both academically and athletically:

  • Athletic Coordinator, integral support, and continuous follow up with the student. 
  • Personalized academic schedule s, so you don’t have to interrupt the course when traveling.
  • Student Support to improve study and organization techniques.
  • Athletic Coach for optimum talent development and personal growth. 
  • Team placement in all sports. 
  • Athletic CV/portfolio creation.
  • Access to special events and seminars. 


Juan Callejo, professional golfer, tells us about his experience at CIS University:

 ‘My experience at CIS University has been really good. The way that the professors and deans interact with their students has been a 10 out of 10 for me. They have helped me to combine my high-level golfing activities with my studies. The system of teaching is so dynamic and practical and it has helped prepare me for my upcoming move to the USA in August.’ 

By the way, have we still not told you about our 2+2 program?

With our 2+2 program we give you the option to study the last 2 years of your Bachelor degree in another country.

Can you imagine how you would improve your performance alongside the UEFA Licensed Coaches of our Elite Soccer University Program in Madrid?

Or what it would be like to attend a Slam Dunk Contest in the United States?

Would you like to be one of our college athletes? Find out all that in CIS University we can do for you.