In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing my husband Mike. Mike was a high school baseball player that was recruited by several colleges. With an excellent GPA and SAT score, Mike was recruited by several highly-rated academic colleges. He chose to attend and pitch for Georgetown University. In today’s episode, he shares with us
This episode is a continuation of episode 59 with Cailean Bailey. In that episode, Cailean provided information on the college admissions process for high school athletes that plan to continue with a sport in college.
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Some of Mike’s advice in determining which college is the best fit and how to stand out is:
(1) Visit the colleges you are most interested in.
(2) Meet the coaches and as many of the current players as possible.
(3) Stay in a dorm during your visit.
(4) Get the best grades and ACT/SAT score you can as that makes it easier for the coach to persuade the admissions office that you are a good candidate.
(5) To help your recruitment effort, provide the coach with a highlight video of your on-field prowess.
Lauren asked Mike if there was anything he would have done differently. Mike’s reply was something we’ve heard from many college grads. “I wish going in to college I had known more about what I wanted to do after college.”
“One of the great things about the college admissions process for me and most recruited athletes is being accepted to college in November of the senior year.”
“Keep in mind as a student-athlete you must manage a very busy schedule. Practice, travel, and games take up a lot of your time.”
In addition to time during the school year, “we played our final regular season games for 2 weeks after the regular students went home for summer break.”
“Most college coaches expect that you will give up some of your summer to play your sport. I played 40 games of summer baseball for the Vermont Mountaineers.”
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