I love Bucknell and have enjoyed my 4 years here but there are a few issues I would change to make it a better experience. I grew up in a family with 3 other division 1 athletes and out of all four universities, Bucknell has the weakest relationship with their athletes.
Most schools have accommodations for athletes when it comes to classes and schedule due to the intense time commitments that they have. Most schools allow student athlete register for classes earlier so they can schedule their classes around their practices. There have also been many times where I have felt that it was more of a detriment to me to be an athlete than if I wasn’t in a classroom setting. There are many professors of which I have had who don’t like student athletes and refuse to make any changes in order to accommodate them. Many professors make it clear in their opinions on student athletes. I have actually been told by a professor to drop their class on the first day because I was an athlete and they would not excuse any absences for things such as traveling and games or make any accommodations (I was only going to miss one class).
I understand that the main reason why I am at this school is to be a student, and to emphasize more on STUDENT in the word student-athlete, but I feel that it is important to have certain accommodations for athletes that are reasonable. It is important for the school to understand what we do and how we actually help the university in many aspects. I think we need to focus on improving the relationship between athletes and faculty as well as how the school views athletes, so they have a greater understanding of what we do and the time commitments given to represent Bucknell University.