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Keaton BranniganEthn 3024 -300ECritical Sports Studies Final PaperLife as a college student can be hard; homework, social life, and possible sports all have to be juggled while living in a place where you are not very used to. Now imagine those hardships for a student athlete coming out of a very urban or rural area. CU Boulder where segregation is alive and well (see article, Separate But Equal: Segregation Alive And Well At CU Boulder, GOPUSA), can be intimidating for students whose grades and lived experience might not align with most of the student or the faculty population. Assimilating into a culture because you play asport can be hard and also it begs the question, is it wrong that schools expect students to assimilate to the schools culture while being a valuable player for their sports organization?As a son of a Faculty member who works very closely with CU’s athletes I have been able to meet a handful of student athletes who’s only reason for being at CU is playing a sport. My mother works with students who come from places that are a lot different than Boulder, Colorado. They struggle with their grades and can become very overwhelmed because they were picked up from wherever they were and are now expected to perform athletically and academically. This also raises questions about NCAA’s commitment to academics, NCAA states that they take priority in academics as well but a test done conducted by Mary Williams that 60