D1 players, how’s your lifestyle

Can you join a Fraternity/Sorority or participate in outside activities?

How do most people get around campus/are cars allowed freshman year for athletes?

How close are the seniors and freshman?

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  • Associate 1 in RE - Comm
Oct 8, 2021 - 11:42am

I was a D1 athlete - nobody has the interest or time to participate in Greek life. I knew one athlete who was in a frat and he only did it because he was out for an entire year after he had Tommy John surgery. Anyone that considered joining a frat was highly criticized, you're expected to focus solely on athletics and school and if you're truly dedicating yourself to both you will absolutely not have time for Greek life.

Depends on the school, I had a car and would also get around campus on a long board as did most athletes. Tight windows between practices/weights and class so I needed something that was faster than walking.

If you're a freshman that does not walk into the locker room and act like you own it and are mature enough to handle your own both on and off the field you'll be relatively close with the seniors. If you walk in and think you're the best on the team because you were a stud in high school it'll be a really rough freshman year. One of my best friends to this day is a guy who was a senior when I was a freshman. Have some humility and learn from the upperclassmen and you'll be fine. 

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Oct 8, 2021 - 1:12pm

Baseball as well here. Completely depends on the school and how well athletes are taken care of. My school was a mid major and we were treated the same as non athletes for the most part.

I actually had two teammates rush, but they spent all their time with the team and at practice.

Having a car depends on the school and how it's set up. Freshman to senior interactions should be fine at most schools. They are at a completely different point in their lives so don't expect to be best friends with them but most are friendly and welcoming to freshman.

Oct 8, 2021 - 1:14pm

Played tennis D1 so not your typical experience. 

No one would have joined a frats, but frats were also not as major on my campus as a school in the south or the east coast. 

My school allowed cars for athletes, most tennis athletes drove, I road a bike usually though. 

Seniors and freshman would be really close because teamwork (despite the sport being very individualistic) is very important, and the athletes in tennis tended to all want to get better and improve. Freshmen without eligibility could make for a great hitting partner. Seniors that were riding out the clock and werent going to go any further could give great advice. 

It was a lot of fun though, training was intense but not as crazy as some other sports, lots of opportunity to travel and bond, lots of international athletes due to tennis not being as popular of a sport so I got to meet a lot of people from different backgrounds and I got to hone my ability in a sport that really translates well to the world of finance (not as good as being good at golf, but finding connections that want to rally with a D1 college player is probably 2nd best in my opinion. 

Since you are always working out together, studying together, eating together you naturally become extremely tight knit. Not only was I tight knit with students within the tennis program, but I tended to have a lot friends that were mainly athletes as well. I pretty much only dated women as well that had that commonality during my time in college (tennis, swimming, track etc). It gives you a good connection with other people who are working equally hard towards a goal.

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  • Associate 3 in ER
Oct 10, 2021 - 1:02pm

Played D1 Football at ACC School. We were not allowed to join a Frat per team rules (one or two walk-ons joined a frat before walking on), but in general the frats did not like us because we "stole their girls". We lived off the main campus in university owned apartments all years think regular students stayed in dorms 1st & 2nd years then moved off campus. We were allowed to have cars, but took the campus buses from our Apt to athletic facilities and classes. Seniors/Freshman generally not that close

  • Associate 3 in ER
Oct 10, 2021 - 1:07pm

A share were jersey chasers and wanted to be that girl wearing her dudes jersey on Saturday "my boyfriend plays for the team" type. But almost all of us are 6 ft+ and in incredible shape vs average 5'7 frat star who just does like arms/chest a few times a week. 

  • Associate 3 in ER
Oct 10, 2021 - 1:15pm

I made the massive mistake of having a GF for almost 2 of the 4 years. Its definitely easier to pull girls but at the same time you have a massive time and energy commitment to your sport, so you spend less time going out/socializing. I did have a few girls do my homework in a few classes though. 

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