Illinois senior Nicole Denenberg has seen it all during her four years as a college student-athlete, and now she’s sharing pearls of wisdom in her new blog. Today, she dishes out extensive step-by-step advice on choosing the right college program. Have a question for Nicole? Send it to email@example.com
If you are considering playing soccer in college, then choosing the right school is crucial. Unless you are one of the select few already being recruited by coaches, it is important to strategize a college selection game plan. When selecting a school it depends upon what is most important to you. Think carefully about this and write down some ideas or thoughts. Discuss your notes with your family and maybe your coach.
I began to formulate two schools of thought regarding this decision: if attending a prestigious school is your main goal, then it is vital that you follow the paths that can lead toward that end. However, if your priority and passion is to become a member of a college soccer team above all else, your approach will be different. You may want to consider a broader range of schools. Don’t discount legitimate schools or offers. Be open to possibilities.
If money is an issue – and it often is for most college students and their families – a scholarship is something to take into consideration. Often a soccer player must put family economics first. That may be a hard reality. If that is the case, be positive and bring your soccer spirit to the situation knowing that you have made an unselfish decision.