If you’re coming out of middle school or early on in your high school athletic career, you may not have given much thought to playing collegiate sports. Why would you want to? Well, there are several ways that college sports can help your future and make attending college easier. Below we’ve highlighted 3 reasons to play college sports:
Most schools offer various types of athletic scholarships to students depending on the division of the school and the talent level of the student. The best athletes tend to go to D1 schools and are offered full scholarships, meaning they won’t pay anything. At the lowest level, D3 schools can offer academic scholarships of a few thousands dollars. While that wouldn’t make a huge difference, it’s better than nothing and can help in your decision making process.
You’ve likely heard the stories of students going off to college and becoming homesick. While this usually doesn’t happen with Cheshire Academy students, as it’s a boarding school and students are used to living on campus and being more independent, it’s definitely something to consider. Becoming homesick can be a huge roadblock to the college experience and often times students come home and don’t return. Playing on a college team can help with the transition to college. Students are immediately integrated with other students and spend a good amount of time with their team daily. Being around others and participating in the same sport can also be the beginning to lifelong friendships.
If you’re thinking far enough into the future, you’ll likely see yourself in the workforce. What comes from playing on a college team is understanding team basics and dealing with others, both in agreement and in conflict. Working together on the field can be closely related to working together in an office setting. Being able to communicate one on one, as well as in a group, define problems, and work out solutions are all things that can be learned while on a college team.
To recap, playing a college sport may be an opportunity to pay for college as well as make it easier to transition to a new setting. Also, being able to learn how to work as a team with new individuals can mirror the corporate world after college. Sounds like a win-win scenario to us.