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How To Stay Cool Under Pressure This School Year

The life of a student-athlete can get pretty hectic, to say the least. As summer sails into the sunset and the school year takes shape, the craziness can really start to build up. But never fear: the NCSA Events Team has your back.

Putting on hundreds of events across the country every year to help student-athletes understand the recruiting process for their sprot is no small feat. Doing it the way this crew does it week-after-week is nothing short of miraculous. From packing, shipping, lugging, set-up, hosting, educating, and everything in between, the NCSA Events Team not only takes their work seriously. They do it with some major swagger, and a little fun along the way.

(Side note: If you’re interested in learning how you could become a part of our events team, check out our career openings.)

Take a look at the top tips in organization to stay cool under pressure from the masters of NCSA events.

Keep a list handy

“Start everyday with a list. No matter how long or short it may be, listing things out and then checking them off upon completion goes a long way in staying organized and on top of things. Also, I always set aside some time to take a walk or run to clear my head and stay focused on my goals.”
–Kat Wilson, Event Logistics Coordinator

Don’t let yourself be surprised

“No matter what mountain is ahead of you – a big assignment, a rivalry game, a job interview – do your research and show up prepared. Preparedness will not only give you peace of mind, it will show others around you that you mean business and there is no situation you can’t handle. Like Kat, I also believe in the power of making lists and taking notes on each event so I can find ways to improve for next time. Stay confident in yourself and your abilities.”
–Jaclyn Thomas, Event Marketing Director

Stay true to yourself

“I have three pieces advice I’ve lived by and have found success in at NCSA.

  1. Know your seat on the bus (your own responsibilities) and trust that the others around you do as well.
  2. Find your happy place; find a hobby or activity that will allow you to be alone and clear your mind.
  3. Know your teammates off the field; connecting with your teammates off the field will help you gel together on the field, guaranteed.”

–Dane Clark, Football Events Manager


You don’t have to wait for the next big event in your sport to have an ally in your recruiting process. Our scouts are always here to help you out. The best way to get started is 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.