So, you want to go to college? And you want to play a varsity sport.
If your answer is at least, “I think so,” then you have some work to do. Things are not going to magically unfold.
This year it’s been different, certainly, and people are prone to saying things like “when this is all over,” and “when we get back to normal,” phrases that are likely to hold back personal progress as well as impact mental health by focusing us on uncontrollables.
There are things you can do. Now. Here are two you’ve probably thought of and two you probably have not. Do all four for three colleges and see what you learn. Then, do them all for another set of schools…pick some new ones and see what you learn.
1-Go to the home page of the institution, the admissions office, and the financial aid page. Read 100% of the words and watch 100% of the videos. Keep clicking, reading and watching.
2-Do a Google search for the college using the “video” tab and commit 30 minutes to watching.
3-Use Google maps to do a street view tour of your own.
4-Create a LinkedIn account (you’re going to want one later anyway) and search the college, alumni, professors and students. See what people are up to.
If you’re paralyzed with inaction because you’re not playing as much as you’d hoped or can’t travel as you would have, you are missing opportunities to learn. There is plenty to be done.
Ask questions if yourself and of others, find people who have been where you are, and be willing to start over and over…just like preparing to take the field.
Ready? Set. Go.