If you could give one piece of advice to a grade 10 or 11 student looking to compete in the NCAA what would it be? Counter to that, what advice should they ignore?
Time to get your planning on! This is when you should have your research plan underway and think critically if competing in the NCAA is something you want.
Don’t let the personal experiences of other people influence your thoughts. While it is helpful to seek advice and lessons learned from trusted mentors (e.g., coaches, trainers) and NCAA athletes, everyone has their own unique experiences. Don’t let anyone skew your perspective, especially in this early planning stage.
Who is the coach that you quote the most?
What’s one mistake you made during the recruitment process?
It felt strange and corny having to “sell” myself through recruitment videos and communications to NCAA coaches. I should have put more time and effort in the recruitment process.
How many schools did you visit and how did you know the school you chose was the right fit?
I visited about 5 or 6 schools. After comparing all the schools, I realized that Winthrop checked off most of the criteria I was looking for from both an athletic and academic perspective.
What surprised you when you got to school?
I was surprised with how mentally demanding it was to be a student athlete. Not only do you have to be physically prepared, you also need to be mentally strong both on and off the field.
What approaches helped you stay on top of athletics and academics with a demanding competition schedule?
Time management and staying organized are key. I found it helpful to develop a detailed schedule for each semester and to stick to it.