How to choose a college for a student athlete

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How to choose a college for a student athlete

How do student athletes choose where to go to college? That's an interesting question because my rule of thumb is the break your leg rule. I'll say to student athletes that I'm working with, "If you broke your leg and you could never play your sport again, would you still want to be at college xyz?" And if they can't answer that question with a resounding, "Yes", then they shouldn't be going to that school. Because let's face it, what percent of student athletes really go on to play professional sports and graduate? It's a very, very small percentage. So you should look at that opportunity to get that athletic scholarship, to get that admissions advantage, to go to the college you want to go to that will prepare you the best for your future life, but not be choosing that college because you think that coach or that team is going to turn you into a professional athlete. Those odds are just too small to choose, to make your choice of college, base your choice of college on the coach or the team. That the choice fo the college should be "What is the best academic and social fit for me in the end?" "Where am I going to be most prepared for my future life as a non-athlete?"

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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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