Pros and cons of college athletics

Susan Hansen, College Consultant, discusses the pros and cons of high school athletes working towards getting a scholarship for college athletics
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Pros and cons of college athletics

I'm often asked, based upon my own experience as a parent, having two daughters that received athletic scholarships to college. They played a junior sport on the way to get those scholarships, was it worth it? I think my girls gained a tremendous amount of focus and discipline and good work habits that stood them well in life. The negative part to that -- And certainly, the positives outweigh the negatives -- is that it is a very exclusionary activities to get good enough to obtain an athletic scholarship and it's a huge commitment. They had to sacrifice quite a bit in order to achieve that level and maybe missed out on things. It is a very exclusionary event and you have to weigh that. In my opinion, it was.

Susan Hansen, College Consultant, discusses the pros and cons of high school athletes working towards getting a scholarship for college athletics


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College Consultant

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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