When High School Athletes Don’t Get Recruited

When high school athletes don’t get recruited as they had expected, they often don’t know what to do next. Alexus, a Palisades Charter High School student, was a state-ranked swimmer, but wasn’t high ranked enough to be recruited. Alexus’s parents expected the best for her, and Alexus created a college list that was unrealistic, full of many reach and dream schools but no safe schools.

When high school athletes don't get recruited
When high school athletes don’t get recruited, they need to apply to college like non-athletes.

Alexus and her parents reached out to me to help them develop a college list that included schools which could help her develop her academic and social skills, rather than just her athletic talent.

Together we revised her college list and added colleges that were a good fit for her academic skills and personal interests. Next we worked on college essays that showed who Alexus was beyond swimming. After reviewing all the options, we found UMass had the best to offer Alexus. After she made her final decision, she thanked me for my support with this note:

“You answered all my questions, read my essays; your support was greatly appreciated. I wanted to let you know that I’ll be attending University of Massachusetts Amherst and couldn’t have made this decision without your help.” — Alexus

Sometimes, high school athletes don’t get recruited, and that leaves them with work they didn’t expect: they need to apply to college like everyone else. And one of the important parts of applying to college is creating a college list.

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