- Have a plan, develop a routine, and set goals. No matter whether you’re interning, volunteering, or travelling to the other side of the globe, having a plan will give you a path, a routine will give you structure, and goals will give you energy and inspiration.
- Do your best to know the steps you want to take after your gap year… before you take it. What are you passionate about? What do you want to study? Maybe you know where you want to be for college but are still unsure on what major you want to focus on or what career path you want to take – a gap year is a perfect time to experiment, ask questions, and try new things. If you do have an interest of a particular field or industry, aim to spend as much time as you can in and around it – interning, shadowing a position, reading up on the subject, and networking in the space. A gap year, done right, is not much of a ‘gap’ at all, but is instead a saturated time of learning, personal growth, and understanding
- Consider how you’ll pay for and afford your gap year long before you get to your gap year (no procrastination!). Gap years will certainly vary depending on the individual, but saving up, getting a job, or even setting a budget, will all be helpful. In some cases, a gap year program may offer work in exchange for a stipend.
- Know that there are some downsides and wrinkles to a gap year. Your high school friends will be entering college and university a year ahead of you – and while I often work with students to be proud and confident in their steps, inevitably (thanks to social media) students will compare themselves and feel disappointed if they feel that their gap year didn’t live up to expectations, or if they think they are missing out. A gap year delays the start of your work career in a competitive economy, and you’re financial aide package may change (if it’s still there at all!). Some students note that they felt that a gap year – and being out of an academic setting – made it tougher for them to get back into the swing of things academically when entering college.
- Talk it through with parents, teachers, coaches, advisors, counselors, friends. Inquire, listen, get advice, and weigh their thoughts in shaping your own. This is your life, and as this is a big decision, you want to do what’s right for you – consider the pros and cons, review your plan, think about the value you’d get from the experience. You want this gap year to be a valuable time in your life, geared toward your version of success in the future. This is your story, and you hold the pen - this will certainly be a memorable chapter.
Chad and LAC will be a guest on RCHI Group's discussion about mental health and 'finding your fit' in college! Check it out June 24th, 11a EST, via Facebook Live!
Hosted by: Gregg Pauletti, M.S., Founder of RCHI
Platform: Facebook - RCHI Group Live Stream
Host Gregg Pauletti leads a discussion each week with various stakeholders who can share valuable information about colleges and universities. The goal is to help students and families make informed decisions and to choose the school that is their "perfect fit". This week, the FYF guest is Chad Dorman of Leonard Andrew Consulting, an educational consulting firm that specializes in working with student-athletes to get recruited and make it on the college level!
For details and to register, CLICK HERE.
As the list of admissions and application changes continue to be fluid in this time of COVID-19, we ask students and families to keep an eye on information coming out from the institutions, and to communicate with those desired colleges at a higher frequency than you may do typically.
Students can most likely expect most schools to go 'test optional' this year, and some may forgo (or suspend) testing altogether.
With that, note that the once optional application supplements (essays, resumes, or interviews) may become required. And - while the schools say 'may' be required - at LAC we are urging our students and student-athletes to complete these tasks -- optional is no longer optional. Put your best work forward in branding and marketing yourself to schools!
Questions? Concerns? Looking for guidance? Contact us today!
Tomorrow! Join Chad and Smart College Visit on Facebook Live as they discuss the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on athletic recruiting! (Including another extension of the NCAA Dead Period to the end of July).
Whether a freshman or a junior, there are three big keys to focus on in this time of COVID and as it pertains to the athletic recruiting process:
Personal 'Marketing' (which ties in to communication)
Focus on 'Whole Self'
The funny thing is -- even here at the start of the June --- many responses from coaches on varying questions really (and honestly) should be: "I don't know." So, the goal is to focus on what we do know and can control...those three keys.
Tune in tomorrow!
Questions on athletic recruiting? The college process? Do not hesitate to contact us!
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