Should College Athletes Be Paid?

Should College Athletes Be Paid?

There are a lot of moving parts, but actually paying them is not the right idea.


The argument is ongoing on whether or not college athletes deserve to be paid. Those in favor of paying them claim that they work long hours only to have the NCAA and the college they attend reap the benefits. I disagree with this argument and believe that student-athletes do not deserve compensation.

The NCAA is the central governing body of college athletics. When a player agrees to play a sport in college, they are contractually obligated to the rules that NCAA has set in place. According to the NCAA, all those playing college athletics must qualify as amateurs. There is a list of qualities that the NCAA has determined to be descriptive of a professional, which is not allowed. Included in the list of things that are NOT allowed is "Use your athletics skill for pay in any form (for example, TV commercials, demonstrations);". This in and of itself is a major issue. Although those who play willingly agreed to this as part of their terms, it strips them of their ability to monetize their own talents, which they possess as an individual.

It is not right for the NCAA, a non-profit, to mandate what they can and can't do with their talents. Through not allowing these athletes to make money using their talents, it puts many athletes in a difficult situation.

To give an example, If an extremely talented college basketball player wanted to organize a paid summer camp to teach younger kids, they are not allowed. They are not allowed to monetize their own talents in any way, because according to the NCAA that would make them a professional. The fact is that fewer than 2 percent of college athletes go on to play professionally. That means the other 98% don't have major contracts coming their way. There is no doubt that over the years, those who fall in the 98% have made the NCAA and the institutions they played for millions and millions of dollars. It is backward for the NCAA to ban student-athletes from making money with their talents, all while they capitalize on every little thing that they can.

That being said, to actually pay student-athletes or give them a stipend would be a difficult task. Who gets how much? Where does the money come from, the NCAA or the college/university? Among many, many more.

The simpler way to go about things would be to open up on some of the current restrictions student-athletes face. They should be allowed to use their own talents to make money. They should be allowed to accept prize money (in excess of event costs). They should be allowed to appear in commercials, and advertisements and such. In a general sense, if they are able to make money using their athletic abilities, they should be allowed to do so.

It is worth mentioning that the NCAA makes plenty of money, even as a non-profit. Their CEO made $2.4 million in 2016 and In 2017 they posted revenues in excess of $1 Billion. Without the athletes, that figure would likely be $0.

In conclusion, through lifting these restrictions, it will allow players to make money for themselves without having to organize a formal way to actually pay them. If a student-athlete is ambitious, they can go out and make money and if not, it doesn't make a difference on the NCAA's books. A win-win.

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So, You Want To Be A Nurse?

You're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.


To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

Too often we think of nursing as the medicine and the procedures and the IV pumps. We think of the shots and the bedpans and the baths. We think all the lab values and the blood levels that we have to memorize. We think it's all about the organs and the diseases. We think of the hospitals and the weekends and the holidays that we have to miss.

But, you're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion, and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.


The nursing student with just one year left.

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I'm A Theatre Major, And Even I Can't Act Like I Don't Absolutely Love It

I believe in happiness over practicality, and here's why.


Since my freshman year of high school, I have loved theatre. However, I didn't know that I wanted to actually pursue it until halfway through my senior year. Studying it was literally a last-minute decision. My school didn't have a drama program, so I was left to teach myself by watching and listening to Broadway musicals, teaching myself how to be a theatre person.

In high school, I received so many negative comments about my major because I was "too smart" for it. Where I'm from, the arts are not respected whatsoever, and it really is sad to go back and watch students not be able to express themselves thoroughly because there are too many small-minded people. I really took their negativity and turned it on its side to push me to go further with my theatre dreams, even though I wasn't accepted into my dream school.

But, you know, I'm OK with that.

After graduation, I wasn't sure what to expect from a collegiate theatre program. Would it be difficult? Would my classmates be like me? Friends? Shows? There were so many variables that I wasn't aware of, including jobs that have to be there in order to even have a theatre, and I was introduced to all of them within the first two months of my first semester of college. I was very intimidated. I struggled every day because I didn't consider myself good enough to continue with the art. It hasn't been easy to watch others succeed around me when I felt like I hadn't gotten very far or learned anything very useful.

However, my luck changed after a long break.

I have never regretted my decision to major in theatre, despite all the negativity and lack of experience I had put myself through by choosing it. I've always been happy to be at a university studying what I know I was meant to study. There are many people who wake up, work, sleep, and then repeat. I wake up every day not knowing what could happen with an audition or a rehearsal; it's a game of Who Knows every single day! Like little surprises, even if they are bad.

I am happy, and I can always say that I am able to wake up every day pleased with the fact that I am doing exactly what I'm meant to do, which is rewarding, especially when you are accepted into programs that you had worked so hard for. Theatre is a real field, despite what many think. It requires skill, extreme discipline, time dedication, and enthusiasm. Through rehearsals, tech, and run time, we theatre people barely have any time to ourselves, but we actually enjoy sharing ourselves with our audience. That's why we do it.

So when someone asks me if I've come to my senses and changed my major yet? I just smile and wave.

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