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Passion for sports paves road to college

By Ariel Reyna/J-Line Writer ~

High school sports can be fun, tough, and exciting. They can also help you get a scholarship for college.

Most high school athletes would love to get a scholarship for their sport, and be able to play college-level sports. But many are not aware of how to earn a scholarship or the steps to reaching their goal.

“I grew up playing soccer, I always loved it and knew that I wanted to keep playing after high school, for as long as I could, at the highest level I could,” said Jonatan Torres, a freshman at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Torres, who got a soccer scholarship for that university, graduated from Atascocita High School.

The first step in figuring out how to get a scholarship is figuring out if an athlete really wants to play in college. They have to ask themselves the important questions: Am I really passionate about the sport I play? Am I going to miss it if I stop playing? Am I willing to be dedicated on nothing but that sport while I’m in college?

After the student has taken the first mental step, they have to take the first physical step.

“The first step I took in the process was talking to my club trainer. He let me know exactly what the whole process was and what I was allowed to do and what I was not allowed to do,” said Kelsi Brown, a freshman at Sam Houston State University, who also earned a scholarship for soccer and graduated from Atascocita High School. “I then made a list of all the colleges that I was interested in.”

According to College Sports Scholarships, it is never too early to start the process of trying to get noticed.

As a freshman, athletes should join a club or some kind of organization to play that sport outside of school and try to rack up community service hours

In sophomore year, students should start writing a list of colleges they are interested in attending, then write an introduction letter to the coaches, telling them about records and accomplishments.

After September 1 of a student’s junior year, college coaches are legally allowed to approach students. If the coaches do not start contacting the student right away, the athletes should keep trying to contact them by e-mail, phone calls, or regular mail as often as possible.

“Through e-mail, it was towards the end of my first semester junior year. On the phone, it was at the very end of my junior year,” Torres said, referring to the contacts with coaches.

Senior year is the last step is to choose which college is the best to go to; this decision depends on the offers the colleges have given, or if it’s the student’s dream college.

This is also one of the most difficult decisions to make.

“At first I was committed to play at Western Carolina University, but then later I decided to play at Sam Houston State University because I realized I didn’t want to be so far away from home,” said Brown. “Some of the main things I would look at in a college to determine if I wanted to go there was the location of the school, the academics and if I liked the coach and the team.”

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