CHOOSE A COLLEGE AS A STUDENT-ATHLETE IS NOT ALL ABOUT SPORTS

As an athlete, finding a college to play for may seem like that is all that matters, when deciding what school to go to. But, the reality is that you need to think about the major you will choose, and academics just as much as athletics. Thinking about what you want to study and possibly do after college is a big plus when deciding what school is the best fit for you.

KEEPING YOUR GRADES UP IS MORE THAN IMPORTANT

Once you reached the dream of playing college sports, you have to be prepared to do everything to stay on the team. Being excellent in your sports however is not enough. Student-athletes are required to keep up their grades in order to keep competing. If you fall behind academically and do not meet academic standards, you will be unable to compete and could eventually occur at a risk of losing scholarship.

PICKING THE RIGHT COLLEGE MATTERS

When picking where you are about to spend the next 4 years of your life, you need to consider many aspects. First, find out what recourses the school has to assist athletes. Look into the academic part as well and see what extra help the school provides for student-athletes, in terms of tutoring, flexibility of professors, etc. Most importantly though, make sure you think about the environment and place where you want to spend your next few years. The location of your college matters. If you feel that you would do better in a sunny and hot environment, you would want to choose a school that is on the coast. If instead you do well in more dry and colder areas, Florida probably wouldn’t be the perfect location for you.

Again, you are about spend most likely 4 years in once place, so choose wisely about what fits you the best and where you will be the happiest – only then you can focus on building your success and shaping the best version of yourself.

 

Petra Jurova