college admissionsEarly Decision…Early Action…Restrictive Early Action…Oh My!

It’s that time of year when students are considering whether they should apply to a school for “early decision”. When our clients begin their applications for college, they often ask whether or not they should apply for early decision and whether it will increase their chances of acceptance.  In order to make that choice we need to be sure our clients fully understand the term “early decision” and precisely what it means. Then, we can offer some advice as to whether it’s the best way to proceed when applying to college.

Let’s start with the definitions of what is available by submitting your application to a college earlier than the regular deadline.

NNVCYVVPOBCHBPNBD2SYTPPA6MNo one can disagree: distracted driving is a bad deal. That said, how many of us engage in it in some way daily? Heck, even having children in the car with me can sometimes put me in a distracted mindset. Add in an electronic device and we are all in an entirely different category.  The temptation! The catalyst for 294,882 thoughts! But what if we all took some time before we began our drive to get settled and prepared?

SAT ACTThere are so many decisions regarding college preparation when your child is in high school. Where should she volunteer? What extracurriculars should he join? And a very important decision: which admissions test for college should receive one’s full attention? Experts recommend that students focus on taking and improving their score on either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT). Both are used in the application process and usually accepted at colleges across the United States, but can be very different when it comes to the actual testing.

shutterstock 1658822The Reality Behind NCAA Divisions

Division makes a difference, but not in the way you think.  There are extremely talented athletes in every single division.  The things that are different about the divisions is how they prioritize your life.  If you go D1, you will do nothing but your sport and likely miss the majority of your classes.  D2 will still be sport focused, but you will miss less school. However, you will probably not be involved in much outside of school and your sport.  In D3, school comes first and you are only allowed to miss a few days of school (for me it’s 6 days per semester). You will also be able to be involved in more extra-curricular activities.  I was recruited by every single level and I chose D3 because of the flexibility to be more than just an athlete. I am a student athlete with a major and double minor. I am also involved in multiple clubs and president of one.  I am in a sorority and sit as a committee chair. I do at least 15 hours of community service a semester. I am prouder and have learned more from the second half of that list than playing golf for my school. For me D3 offered a balanced life style that appealed to me and has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

College recruitmentGoing through recruitment is an interesting and honestly challenging time.  It is probably one of the first times you and your talent will be openly judged.  Coaches will analyze every aspect of your game looking for potential as well as flaws that may cause them to choose someone else.  For a whole year, you wonder if you are good enough and are being openly compared to other athletes the coach is recruiting.