Two NC State student-athletes discuss how the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes has helped them find balance and succeed academically.
Summer Session 1 started this week, and many of NC State’s student-athletes are using the opportunity to take additional courses. Time management and staying on track for graduation is key for these members of the Wolfpack, which is where the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) comes in.
Here are just a few ways ASPSA helps them succeed:
- Provides academic support and advising to the student-athlete population
- Cultivate academic, personal, and career development for the student-athlete population
- Offer group and individual tutorial assistance
- Host on-site math, writing and science tutorial labs
- Provide academic mentoring services
- Facilitate academic workshops for student-athletes
- Teach introductory to the university courses
We spoke with two student-athletes enrolled in the program about their experiences so far, and how ASPSA has helped them stay on track academically:
Chris Scott (biomedical engineering ’24) is a wide receiver for the NC State football team. He caught the first two passes of his career during the 2020 season in a game versus the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and he played on special teams in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. In addition to his involvement in ASPSA, he was enrolled in the Exploratory Studies Program.
“The academic team with ASPSA helped me tremendously, especially when it came to time management,” Scott said. “Before I met them I had a hard time adjusting into the new environment.”
Chloe Negrete (sport management ’23), is a member of NC State’s gymnastics team, and in two years with the Pack she has earned multiple All-EAGL honors, including a spot on the 2020 All-EAGL Scholastic Team. She was also a 2020 WCGA Academic All-American.
Negrete started using ASPSA’s services at the Case Academic Center in her first semester at NC State, and continues to benefit from those resources.
“The ASPSA Center has been by far the most helpful resource any student athlete could ask for,” Negrete said. “Not only have the staff and tutors been so supportive and impactful in my studies, but my academic coordinator really put forth such an effort to eventually help me in finding a major I couldn’t be happier in. I highly encourage all student athletes to take advantage of this resource as it is not only valuable, but a privilege you have as an NC State student athlete.”