~7 – How do you choose the best college to play soccer…to maximize your chances for a soccer scholarship?
The answer to this is simple, but not always popular.
As stated previously, there’s always a college somewhere that has soccer scholarship money for you.
The challenge is finding the intersection of a college that you want to attend and a college that wants you to play for them badly enough that they’re willing to pay you with a scholarship.
It’s not a matter of whether you can get a soccer scholarship, it’s really a matter of whether you want the scholarship.
~ Do you love the college?
~ Do you love the campus?
~ Do you think the team is a fit for your style / level of play?
~ Are you comfortable with the coaches?
~ After 4-years, will the degree obtained provide a good ROI (return on investment)?
The reality is there are hundreds of great colleges where you’ll be able to answer “yes” to all 5 of those criteria so never compromise and accept a “no” to any of them.
If you do find a college that fits your criteria, and offers you a scholarship, be decisive and take it… or politely thank them for the offer and tell them you’re going to reject the offer.
If you’re not 100% sure the offer is right for you, it probably isn’t so reject it and allow the coach to move on to another player and open the opportunity to someone else in your same position.
Remember, there’s a difference between “decisive” and “foolhardy”.
Spend time at the campus, check out the environment, social scene, research the starting salaries of the graduates, and talk to current players.
Most importantly, hunt down alumni players because they can afford to be the most truthful about their experience. You can do this easily using LinkedIn.
When your decision is finally made, never 2nd guess yourself!
Focus on the adventure ahead of you and prepare for this singular mission.
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