You have four years as a high school student-athlete before you move on to college, so the important question that always comes up is what to do to prepare yourself in those four years. In this post we will discuss your freshman year.
As a freshmen, your focus needs to be on a few important things. First and foremost, if you are looking at an NCAA Division III college, your number one focus is academics. Since you are not going after an athletic scholarship, your most important focus needs to be on academics. Why? Two simple reasons.
First, the better your academics are, the more NCAA Division III colleges you will be qualified to attend, so this will open up more opportunities for you. Secondly, the better your academics are the more opportunity you will have for financial reward, as schools will offer more money to stronger academic students. The better your finances are, including academic scholarships, the more opportunities you will have as well.
Soccer wise— let’s be honest, you are not likely to see much recruiting action from NCAA Division III colleges. However, you should work on your individual skills to make yourself the best player that you can possibly be. Also, you may want to consider the club team that you are playing on. Are they competitive enough? Do they play in enough tournaments? Will they give you enough exposure to college coaches?
For yourself it is time to start thinking about what you may want to study in college. Business? Nursing? Economics? Engineering? What things interest you and do you want to learn about? You still have time to change your mind, but good to get a start on the process.
The bottom line is this— freshman year is a time to start building on your academics as well as honing your own soccer skills. You may feel like you have a lot of time, but four years of high school will go by rather quickly.
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