Core Strength, Balance, Persistence & Accountability Fundamentals for athletic training, college admissions and life
For you volleyball players out there...A solid approach will give you the best position to make decisions on how and where to hit the ball. The same is true for the college recruiting process. If you want to put yourself in the best position to make well-informed choices, you need a solid approach that challenges you to truly know yourself, balance your priorities, be persistent, and enables you to be accountable for your future.
Identify your core strengths - Becoming self-aware is not easy. By knowing your core strengths (and weaknesses) as well as likes and dislikes, you will be better equipped to answer: "Why is this school/athletic program the right fit for me and why am I the right fit for the school/athletic program?" Hint: The right answer is not, "Because they offered me a scholarship."
Balance your priorities - The college recruiting process tends to emphasize your athletic ability and scholarship offers. What happens if you get hurt or decide to leave the team? Are you attending a school that offers a balance between your athletic, academic, social and financial needs? Giving honest consideration to all of these factors will give you peace of mind that you are in the right place no matter what happens.
Be persistent - Your college plan will be a work in progress until you decide where you will attend school. Until that day, dedicate time each week to working through your checklists and meeting your deadlines. Anticipate hurdles and never give up.
Be accountable for your future - Coaches want to recruit student-athletes who are mature and have a strong character. Demonstrate that you understand responsibility and accountability by working through this process and making informed decisions that are right for you. Success is so much sweeter when you truly own it.