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Choosing a college – Part 3

October 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Off-Season

No matter how good of a player you are and no matter how many colleges
 come knocking on your door, you still have the difficult job of
 selecting the right school for you.  This is usually not an easy
 decision to make.  However, with the right priorities in order, the 
process can become a little more structured than just throwing dart at a
 board of schools.
 

Below are what I believe to be the two most important areas for a player
 to analyze during the search process.  Notice that “baseball” is not one
 of the two priorities.

 

 

Academics:  It is listed first because by far, it is the most important 
reason why you go to school.  Baseball, if you’re extremely lucky, may
 last you another 10 years.  Your education will follow you forever.  At
 some point, someone will tell you that you are no longer good enough to
 play.  Hopefully that will not occur in college but it will happen 
sooner or later no matter how good you are.  After that is when you need 
to be able to fall back on something.  I cannot tell you how many guys I
 saw in the minor leagues who, after getting released, sobbed not just
 because baseball was over but because they knew they had nothing else to
 fall back on.  Choosing to leave baseball was one of my top most
 excruciating moments of my life.  The fact that I had a great education
 from a great school (Villanova University) allowed me to control the
 leaving process when I knew it was over. 

Choose a school first and 
foremost because it is a good academic fit for you.  That means the
 school has a good reputation for preparing students in your chosen major 
or at least has a large selection to choose from when you do decide.
  The rigor level of the courses should be challenging enough as well.
 

Baseball is icing.  Your education is the cake.

 

 

Environment:  If you are lucky to play at the college level, your coach 
will have you for many hours.  It is a year-round commitment that can
 have you playing, practicing, traveling, and working out quite a bit.
  That being said, even if you are playing the role of baseball player
 for, let’s say, 4 hours every day, you still have 20 hours to live on 
your campus.  You’d better like the campus because whether you are
 playing or not, most of the next four years will be spent there. 

Think about some of 
the following before choosing a campus:


  • Do you want to live far away from home or close? 
  • How far or how close?
 
  • Would you like an urban or rural location?
 
  • Small school or large school?
 

There are about a thousand other questions you could ask but the point 
is to actually ask them so that you know if the school fits your wants 
and needs.
 

After all those are answered, ask yourself this final question … if 
baseball were to end tomorrow (and it could) would I still like this 
school?  If you hesitate even a little with that answer, you may want to 
give that school choice some more thought.

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