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What Going Back To School This Fall Means For Your College Recruiting

students get back to school

(Flickr – Southern Arkansas University)

I can’t believe we’ve already reached this time of year. I feel like we were just chatting about how to spend summer break and now it’s time to start talking back-to-school.

I’ve always looked at back-to-school as one of the easiest ways to start fresh and get hyped about what the future holds: the smell of freshly-cut grass, the taste of ice-cold water as you practice in the hot sun, getting back in a routine. It just feels right, doesn’t it?

So it’s an obvious fact that summer is awesome and it’s always hard to see it go, but getting back to school – and back in season – is a pretty awesome feeling, too. There’s something so refreshing about a clean slate and the challenge of going back to school for a new year.

Am I getting a little too “glass half full” on you? I get it. But at least think about some advantages of starting over.

Blank report card.

This is truly one of the greatest feelings to have as a student-athlete. Whether you had stellar grades last year, or could have done better, the hope and challenge of a new school year is upon us.

Start off on the right foot.

No matter what area of academics you’ve struggled with in the past, now is the perfect time to show your teachers, your parents, yourself that you’re serious about your future, and that starts with your grades. It is going to take hard work, it is going to take putting yourself out there and communicating with teachers, no matter their demeanor or approach, and it’s going to take a commitment and some will power, but you can do it. And you have a blank slate to start with. Get excited!

No losses on your team record.

Your team currently sits at 0-0. No matter what happened last year, good or bad, you have an entirely new season to make the most of.

Your squad may be projected to go to state. Some may think you won’t win a single game. Wherever you seem to stand on paper, use it to motivate your teammates and to make this the most productive, best season yet together. This time now – before that first game whistle – is crucial to your success throughout the year.

Work now to set yourself and those around you up for great things in the weeks and months to come. Commit to pushing a little bit harder than you did last year, to becoming better, to being a leader.

“Commit to pushing a little bit harder than you did last year, to becoming better, to being a leader.” Tweet this! Tweet:

The sky is the limit for your team right now. Get hyped!

Your recruiting awaits.

If you’re starting a new school year and new season, guess who else is, too? That’s right – colleges and universities across the country.

With grades and sports giving you a full plate this fall, you have to make room for one of the biggest aspects of both — your recruitment. Now is a great time to be visiting campuses, attending games, and keeping a close eye on the schools you’ve been communicating with and/or schools that interest you. When reaching out to a coach or program, make sure you are up-to-date on their latest news and headlines. For instance, if a team had a huge home-opener win, mention it when you email the coach:

“Congrats on your fierce win over the Bumblebees on Saturday – I was cheering all the way that 4th quarter run!”

Showing your enthusiasm – and that you took the time to do your homework – will set you apart from other recruits vying for the same roster spot.

A new school year and new season means new possibilities in the world of recruiting. Take advantage of this time in order to make the rest of the school year worry-free when it comes to your future as a student-athlete.


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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.