Finding the “perfect” fit in a college can be an overwhelming experience. Most student athletes who come to our office for their first appointment begin dropping the “big name” colleges. It’s important that when you are going through the recruiting process, you ask yourself a lot of questions. One of the first questions I ask student athletes is what they envision for their college experience beginning with the campus. It’s funny, a student athlete will say, “I want to play at UCLA” but they have never been to the campus. They have fallen in love with the idea of playing for UCLA. Ask yourself some important questions about what you want for your college experience.
1. What are you planning to study? If you do not have any idea of what your potential major should be then take a career aptitude test to start pointing you in the right direction.
2. What kind of campus are you looking for? Have you visited any campuses? If not, take a drive and visit several types of campuses. You don’t need to sign up for the former tours to begin doing this…just wander around some schools and get a feel for them. Do you like the big campuses? Or do you prefer the smaller more intimate campuses?
3. Can you picture yourself in a lecture hall with over 750 students? What kind of environment do you learn the best in?
There are many other questions you should consider when trying to find the right school! Remember, this is for your future. Finding the perfect school is not easy and it takes time. You need to do a lot of research and use a lot of different resources. Talk to your teachers, counselors and even your coaches to see where they went to school and what they liked best about their college experience. You will be surprised by their responses. If you are a registered member of My Recruiting Solutions, our recruiting coordinators help walk you through the process. You can always call us for assistance or ask us questions on our website. Just click on the live chat button on the home page in the bottom right hand corner.