Life as a Student Athlete

Balancing academics with playing sports can be a challenge. MEFA’s intern, Jariel Ruiz, shares how he manages both and his advice for other students in the same position. Students can use MEFA Pathway to keep track of sports and any other activities they take part in, so they'll be able to easily create a resume for colleges and jobs. Get started at


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[00:00:00] Hi, my name is Yari Aris. I'm an intern for MIFA. And I go to Crystal Ray Boston. I started playing basketball when I was 14 years old. I wasn't the greatest, um, but I definitely was very committed to it. As a high school athlete, there's balance between rigorous training schedules and academic responsibilities.

My dedication to both sports and academics has helped me. Develop discipline, time management skills, and a strong work ethic. Something you need in college. Transitioning from high school to college as an athlete will be a significant change. College sports demand a higher level of commitment and intensity.

You have to be very organized and very committed to what you're doing because there's two things you gotta focus on. You gotta focus on the sport you love and academics. Maintaining good grades is crucial for high school athletes looking to continue their athletic journey in college. Colleges often consider both athletic ability and academic performance when recruiting.

I've used MIFA Pathway many of times to look into the school that I want to play basketball in. For tuition, the [00:01:00] space, how would it work for me? That's how helpful MIFA Pathway is to me.

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