Choosing a college to simply further your education and continue your sports career is an easy task. That is, unless it is important to you to find the right fit in a college experience and graduate from the first college in which you enroll.
So, if you want the first choice to be the right fit for you, it becomes a little more difficult and requires more work. Having a plan and taking action on that plan is key to increasing your chance of graduating from the college you choose the first time.
When you finally reach your destination and look back on your experience, it is the Find My Team hope that you did everything you could to find the place that is the best college choice for you.
In an effort to help you with that process, Find My Team has summarized information from its poll it administered to current and former college student athletes. We wanted to let you hear their words. One of the questions asked is what the student athletes would have done differently if they had the opportunity to do it all over again. This was an open text question, so respondents could answer any way they wanted.
Below is a summed-up and categorized list of things they would have done differently.
Starting the recruiting process earlier was the #1 regret for student athletes. They wished they would have begun the process earlier. Here are some of their responses about starting earlier.
Many student athletes feel like they did not get a real sense that people were listening to them. Many also felt they were not confident enough in their own decision-making and wants. Here were some of their responses about voice:
This response is also a common one from the student athletes. Many feel like they may have chosen too soon or simply were not open to more visits. Here are the responses:
Communication with college coaches is hard, uncomfortable and intimidating, at least at the beginning when the relationship is building. For many student athletes, it never really becomes what you would call “comfortable,” but this is something that student athletes should definitely pay more attention to. You want to be able to talk to your coaches and your teammates. Otherwise, it will be difficult to build a genuine relationship and feel confident and comfortable enough to ask the questions you need to be answered.
Here are the responses about communication:
It’s easy to make assumptions about the recruiting process. It is human nature to assume, especially when we do not have all the answers. The mind sort of takes over. This is a result of not doing enough research and not preparing enough for the recruiting process. Here are some of the responses:
Only 10% of those surveyed had this reply. The Find My Team goal is to help ensure that our student athletes fall into this category.
My recruiting process worked! I found the right fit for me!
A former college athlete describes how her parents influenced her life and career.
Three college coaches give some excellent advice to student athletes and parents about the recruiting process.