Higher education and intercollegiate athletics promote discovery processes that uncover boundaries of potentials in human development. The research associated with the academic progress of student athletes coincides with the general student population literature in the fact that student athletes also utilize effective study skills and achieve higher GPAs when implementing growth mindset (Joshi et al., 2022). The purpose of this study is to investigate the experiences of student athletes prior to college, through athletic careers, and through graduate school. Qualitative, ethnographic case study research methods rationalized the purpose of this study to advance theory, answer the research questions best, and analyze the data that emerged. The findings in this study revealed how growth mindset, growth-oriented behaviors, and growth-oriented approaches evolved toward goal attainment. This study provides descriptive insights to the demands of student athlete life while enrolled in the university system and participation in intercollegiate sport.


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