7 Questions Players Should Ask Themselves When Considering a College
Choosing a college is a process and should involve a good amount of research.
After all, there are so many options and you need to decide where you want to spend the next few years of your life.
These are 7 questions players should ask themselves when considering a college:
1. How far away from home is it?
Figure out how far you want to be from your family and friends.
You will undoubtedly make new friends at school, however some people like being able to go home every weekend. It’s important to consider your parents will probably want to come watch some of your games.
2. How affordable is it?
You don’t need to go to a fancy-named school to get a great education. That being said, it’s vital to determine the cost of any school you are looking at.
Consider how much money they are offering you academically or athletically, if your parents can help you pay for it, or if you’ll have to take out loans.
3. What is their athletic program like?
Look into if they have a solid foundation of good leadership. It’s important to look at all sports and then you’ll get a good grasp as to if the whole department is strong or not. For example, how successful have their programs been in the past and do they get good attendance at events?
Also, check out their facilities and consider what conference their sports play in.
4. Do they have the majors you are considering?
Make sure the school you choose has a couple of different programs you’d be interested in. Many students end up changing their majors at least once.
5. How large are the classes - how large is the school in general?
Some students feel like they get lost if the student body is too large. Some also prefer to have personal connections with professors that you may not get at a larger school.
Can you handle the pressure of playing in front of thousands of fans or would you rather play in front of a couple hundred?
6. Do they have programs you would want to be a part of?
Outside of athletics, do they have things that interest you? What kind of extracurricular, sororities, fraternities, or religious groups do they offer?
7. Can you see yourself being happy and successful here?
Making a pros/cons list can be helpful in making your final decision. Also, you should try to speak with academic and athletic advisors to see if you’d be comfortable there.
Does it seem like an environment that would foster your academic and athletic success?