Are you an athlete who wants the transition from high school to college to go well?
Your self-care and time management skills will be as critical as your athletic skills.
The demands on a college athlete are high. However, to be your best, you need to invest in self-care.
Your life as a college athlete will be very different from your friends who are not college athletes. But, it's a path you choose.
The NCAA allows athletes to practice 20 hours a week and four hours a day. (This does not factor in travel for competitions etc. )
Your sport will be most of your social life on campus. (Not all of it but most of it.)
Know your WHY.
Life as a collegiate student-athlete can be gratifying. However, it can also be very demanding.
Many athletes say they want to play in college. If you love your sport, really love your sport, and you have the discipline and drive, you might be the right candidate to try and compete at the college level.
Some athletes are in love with the concept of competing in college and do not fully understand the commitment required to play at the next level.
Assess what you want. Know your WHY.
I loved basketball. It was a 24x7 sport for me. I ran cross country and track to improve my conditioning and speed for basketball. I sat in class with my feet in the shooting position. I was all in and wanted to play at the college level.
My children approached sports differently than I did. Two of my three children competed in High School Sports and had no interest in playing at the next level.
My oldest, Dana, graduated with a super GPA, traveled abroad, had several internships, and had a very different and positive college experience than I did as a student-athlete. Dana enjoyed her time playing High School Sports and knew very early on that she did not want to balance the demands of playing a sport in college with academics.
The same is true for my son Jason. He has joined a business fraternity and traveled to Cadiz, Spain, and is very happy with his decision not to pursue golf in college.
My youngest, Julia, is a junior in high school and wants to play DIII volleyball.
As you think about what you want for your college experience, explore what drives your desire to compete at the college level and invest today to prepare for your transition.
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