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Cal South E-News | April 2011 COLLEGE PLANNING

April 22, 2011

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Keep Your Options Open

Every day, student-athletes turn down schools or ignore contacts from coaches when they shouldn't. Unless you have a finalized list of schools in which you are interested and already in contact, you should not be turning any schools down. If you are serious about competing at the next level, you should give every school a chance and respond back to every coach that reaches out to you.

It's easy to say you don't have interest in a school when it is unfamiliar to you, but is that really a good reason to not have interest? No. Go to the school's website and learn about it first. You never know... it might end up being a perfect fit for you in every way. When you disregard schools too soon, the results are often countless missed opportunities.

Keep your options open until you have a final list of schools with which you are comfortable. Remember that you must be in communication with those coaches if you intend on competing at that school. If you give a school and its coach a chance, but ultimately feel it wouldn't be a good fit for you, that is fine. You will at least be content in knowing that you didn't let a great opportunity pass you by.

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