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What Is The Right School To Play Your Sport?

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You know when you just have a feeling about something? Whether it’s great or uneasy, we’ve all been there with that little, sometimes nagging feeling. As student-athletes, parents, and human beings alike, our intuition is scientifically proven to have merit and to be a good indicator when it comes to decision-making.

And boy, do we make a lot of decisions.

From the little things, like “Should I really eat that?” or the big things, like “Should I commit to this school?” or “Should we definitely buy that house?” our intuition, (usually mixed-in with a little common sense) is there swaying us one way or another. The challenge though? Actually listening to it.

What is the right school for you? Just follow your intuition.

Having different options for where to attend college and play your sport is what some may call a good problem to have.

It means you are talented enough to get noticed by more than one school, your grades were good enough to get you accepted at multiple universities, and your character and demeanor impressed more than one coach or program. These are all seemingly great things.

But pulling the trigger and making the decision on what school to go to can be really, really tough.

What did your intuition tell you when you visited each campus, spoke with each coach, and met your possible future teammates? Be honest – were there any red flags or negative moments? Is there a particular place you walked onto the campus, breathed easy, and felt happy?

If you are just starting your recruiting process, take notes on feelings you immediately experience after talking to a coach or visiting a campus. Right off the bat: how do you feel? Were they short with you, uninterested? Did they make you feel truly at home?

We often get caught up in the aesthetics of a place, and additionally, if you talk to more than one coach or program, can get confused trying to think back and remember specifics.

As you head to camps and campuses this summer, take note of your initial feelings, your intuition. And I mean physical notes: write them down! It will make things much easier down the road.

Having a clear and concrete place to go for a reminder on how you felt in the moment will not only help give you confidence in your final decision, but land you at the absolute best place for you.

When it comes to starting a career or staying your current job, listen to your gut.

Many student-athletes walked across the stage with their diploma just a month or two ago. If you are lucky enough to count yourself in this category, first of all — congratulations! Earning your degree is nothing short of awesome.

But what now?

Those of you on the job hunt are feeling excited yet anxious at what the future holds. And likewise, those of you starting a new job or pondering a contract offer are feeling much the same.

Go back to your days of getting recruited.

You were feeling overwhelmed, excited, upset. Maybe you often compared yourself to teammates around you. But you made it through. You found a school and program for you – and you did it. For better or worse, you did it.

What was your gut telling you then? Did you follow your initial feelings and end up with no regrets? Do you wish you would have paid better attention to your intuition and feelings and maybe would have taken the other offer if you could do it all over again?

Apply this knowledge to your job search. And if you’re at a job that doesn’t feel quite right, right now, apply this knowledge when it comes to moving forward with something new. Life is too short. Trust yourself, trust your feelings – nobody knows you better than, well, you.


Intuition is one thing. Expert recruiting knowledge is another. If you find yourself questioning what is the right school for you, our scouts can help. Get started with a recruiting profile.

About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.