Andrea Mosher, founder of California-based Childress Sports Consulting, shares the following tips for college-bound teens who also hope to become college-level athletes.
- Do your homework before making a decision. The recruiting process is designed to show the school and coaching staff at their absolute best. Everyone will roll out the red carpet, so it’s your responsibility to stay grounded and ask the tough questions throughout the process.
- Ask yourself, “Would I still attend this college if I were not playing sports?” Sports are naturally a huge part of being a college student-athlete, but it’s just as important to consider what happens off the field of play. Is this a good fit beyond sports? Injuries happen, playing time fluctuates, and coaches can change over the course of four years. Know what you’re really signing up for.
- Don’t be afraid to talk about money. You need to know what the *actual* cost of attendance will be. If you receive an athletic scholarship, don’t assume you get everything for free. Scholarship amounts vary by team and type of school (i.e., Division I vs. Division II, III, or NAIA). Even “full scholarship” student-athletes will have miscellaneous expenses beyond what their scholarship can cover.
- As you go through your recruiting journey, look for opportunities that will help you grow not just as an athlete, but as a well‐rounded, successful young adult. Your athletic gifts are a vehicle to earn an education, and it is your education – not just your ability to play sports – that will give you the opportunity to *create *the future of your dreams.
This is an exciting time in your life. Learn all that you can about the place where you will spend the next four-five years of your life. There is no perfect college, but there is one that’s a perfect fit for *you.*Keep the big picture in mind, ask questions, get to know the people, and enjoy the experience!
For more tips on becoming a college athlete, check out Andrea’s eBook: Collegiate Student-Athlete Recruiting Guide.