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Things to consider when choosing a college

February 16, 2017


After working three years as a student-ambassador, and now working with the NTID Office of Admissions, I’ve fielded a plethora of hard-hitting questions.

Recently, I discussed some of the answers I gave, and I gave my answers an extra thought. I thought I’d share some of the things I discussed often with high school prospects. I had to consider some of these points myself when I was in the college selection process.

Academics.

You should at least have a somewhat good idea of what you could see yourself doing in the near future, career-wise. It’s important that you have a solid list of possible majors to switch into, and make sure they’re all good programs in the same university. You don’t want to switch from an excellent engineering program to a subpar accounting program. For example, I had three possible fields or majors I could see myself doing well in: graphic design, marketing/advertising and psychology. At RIT, all of the programs were strong across the board, so whichever major I chose or wanted to transfer into, I would come out prepared for the real world.

Athletics.

You’ll have to take a hard look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself if you can see yourself in the black and orange uniforms. Is the competition something you can handle? Will you do well? Will you compete for playing time? You’ll have to pay attention to how well you get along with the coaches during your recruit visits, how well you clicked with the current players, and how you felt walking around campus. These three will be magnified even further once you officially step on campus as a student-athlete. These three factors probably will determine how your collegiate career will turn out. A good relationship with the coaches and teammates will create opportunities for you to compete, and you’ll click better with the rest of the campus body.

Yourself.

I remember discussing this topic with my family many times, but we had to consider a “career-ending injury” in my college decision. I hated the thought of it. I was recruited into RIT as a pitcher, and I knew in the back of my head that the “Tommy John” surgery happens to baseball players. An elbow injury like that will put me on the bench for a good year. Same goes for an ACL injury. Suppose that happens. Would you still like being around RIT? Do you like it as a student? As a person? Do you feel you can get along with people here? It’s imperative that you love the school as a student first. Then you can see if you still love it as a student-athlete…if you do, I’ll be waiting for you with a big Tiger welcome!

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