When ever student athletes have made up their mind that they are going to go to college and play sports, there is one big question that needs to be answered. How do I determine which schools I will actively pursue in my goal to get an athletic scholarship? If this has crossed your mind and especially if this has never crossed your mind, this article will help you take a good look at some thing to factor in while searching to that perfect college.
I will cover 5 of the most important questions you need to ask yourself before making a decision on a college.
QUESTION 1: How far are you willing to go away from home?
Be very careful when you ask yourself this question. Most High School kids say I’ll go across the country to get away from here. Remember this though. Once you have signed to play for a college you have then dedicated yourself to that school and athletic program. Be very aware that you may only get to come home 1 or 2 times a YEAR.
QUESTION 2: What is the climate like there?
Now this one will only apply to those of you that are playing outdoor sports. Well, not really, if you aren’t big on cold, cold weather you may steer away from northern schools. Keep in mind you will be there the majority of the year.
QUESTION 3: What size of college are you dealing with?
Some people may not want to go to a very large college with 20, 30 or 40+ thousand students. Make sure you will be comfortable with the size of the college and the town it is in. Know what you like, big city or small.
QUESTION 4: What is the academic reputation of the school?
Going to a highly reputable school could pay off when if comes to getting a job after college. Look at how the working world looks at the college and if it meets your academic standards. Also, does it offer the field you what to study in? That is a must know.
QUESTION 5: What is the cost of this college?
Money will play a part in just about any college you choose. Be aware that your scholarship may not cover everything, so you or your parents may have to come with out of pocket money. Some colleges cost upwards of $50,000 dollars a year to attend. Can you swing it if the scholarship money isn’t there?
Ask these questions before making decisions and also make sure you ask this final question. Would you be happy there without athletics? Good luck on finding that college that fits you and your needs. I know you can do it!