For many, the most stressful part of senior year is deciding on where to spend the next four years. How will you know if a college is right for you? Ultimately, only you can answer this question. But hopefully these few tidbits of advice along with some insight from UDHS seniors—that have already committed to a college as student-athlete recruits—will slightly ease the process.
- Take a short walk around the campus alone. That means without a parent, a sibling, or a friend. If you’re considering attending that college, this stroll will be the first of many. If you feel at home and at ease, it could be the college for you.
Jenna Johns, who will be attending Nova Southeastern University for swimming come next fall, tells about her experience: “Everyone always told me that as soon as you step foot on campus, you’ll know what school is the best fit for you, but I didn’t believe that. I looked at two other schools and I loved them both, but once I got to NSU, I knew it was the one.”
- Before picking, ask yourself a few questions. What will you contribute to the school? What’s something unique about yourself that you’ll bring to the table? What activities will you involve yourself in? If you like your answer/are able to answer these questions, you may have gained clarity before making your decision.
David Kim knew that La Salle University was the school for him. He speaks about his decision to attend La Salle University for golf: “I knew La Salle was a good fit for me because I wanted to be in the city but also be close to home. The team is young but very good, so I’m excited to learn and hopefully contribute to the program.”
- Pick a college where you could see yourself building relationships. Maybe talk to a few people on campus. The relationships you build there are ones that could last a lifetime, so pick an atmosphere where you’re surrounded by diverse people connected by common interests.
Sarah Tannenbaum, who will be attending Drexel University for softball, comments, “I’m looking forward to the family and friendships that I’m going to continue to make playing softball in college. The atmosphere at Drexel was awesome, and it just felt like the right place for me to go into this next chapter of my life.”
Shannon Reape, who will be attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania for lacrosse in the fall, speaks about her first experience on the college campus: “I loved it; it felt so homey. The girls on the team gelled together so well, and I knew I could see myself fitting right in with them!”
- Find a college that balances academic programs and extracurriculars that appeal to you. It’s of utmost importance that your school is well-suited for your area of study, but it’s also crucial that you explore your interests through the many clubs, organizations, and sports that the university offers.
Brian Kaufmann, who will be attending Lafayette College for track, tells us, “I knew I wanted a smaller school with a good engineering program and I wanted to run track, so Lafayette checked off all the boxes. When I went on my official visit, the coaches and all the athletes really made me feel welcome.”
- Love the college you pick. Have confidence in its offerings. There are thousands of colleges nationwide; you picked this one for a reason. Entering college with this pride and positive outlook will only enhance your experience!
Hannah Reape, who will be playing lacrosse at Ursinus College, shares about her confidence in the college she selected, “I enjoy how competitive the Centennial Conference (Ursinus’s lacrosse conference) is; it ranks high with many of the best colleges and universities in the country! They also have a strong science program, an area that interests me.”
Remember that nothing is etched in stone. A college “commitment” is only final for a short period of time. There is always time to change a major, transfer to a different college, or even take a gap year if it’s the right choice. There is room to make mistakes, learn from them, and grow.
Congratulations to the all of the students, and here’s to a wonderful four years!