Aiming for athletic scholarships

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Aiming for athletic scholarships

When should families start thinking about encouraging their children to get athletic scholarships? That's an interesting and thought-provoking question because junior athletics is an incredibly overwhelming, time-consuming commitment on the part of families, and it's a very big financial commitment as well. So if your child truly has a passion for that activity and is living and eating and breathing a sport, whether it's baseball or soccer or gymnastics or whatever have you, encourage them for the love of that sport. And if the end result is the athletic scholarship, sobeit. But those are still very competitive. Not every child that plays junior athletics gets college athletics scholarships. So don't have that be the overriding reason to do the junior athletics; you do it because your child loves it, wants to do it all the time, and then if the end result leads to college scholarship, more the better. But the consideration of time and energy and financial commitment that is involved in participating in that sport really needs to be weighed on the return of the investment; what are the odds of really getting that college scholarship in the end?

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Susan Eiges Hansen

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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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