Being a transfer student is hard, no doubt about it, and being an athlete definitely adds another layer to the experience. How do you know if you will fit in with your new team? I got incredibly lucky with my experience, but I did have concerns. Would I find friends on a team that was already so established? I was lucky enough to be trying out with an incredible group of girls who are now my best friends.
I was happy to discover that my fellow transfer athletes had equally positive experiences. Jeff Kirkwood, Skidmore Hockey class of ‘20, describes his transfer experience. “I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, moving to a school with better academics and athletics. Luckily the guys on the team were very welcoming and made the social adjustment easy. My biggest obstacle was finding my identity as a player since I wasn’t playing the same role as the team at my previous school. It took me some time to find my place on the team from an athletic standpoint.”
Another hockey player, Quincy Gregg, shares his experience with transferring from Skidmore to Wesleyan. He shared many of the same fears as Jeff and I, would such an established team accept him? Quincy shared his initial concerns with me and how his team quickly squashed those. “I stepped into a program and class that had two years under their belt in terms of friendship and chemistry. Initially, I was nervous that they wouldn’t accept me into the family right away, but they made it more than comfortable for me as soon as I stepped on campus as if I was there since freshman year. From there, my friends became brothers, and I felt the pressure of transferring fall off my shoulders.”
Being a transfer student is most certainly a challenge, but if you’re anything like my fellow transfer athletes and me, it will be the best decision of your life, and your concerns about acceptance won’t last long. My biggest piece of advice is to embrace your role on your new team, be open-minded, and use your teammates as a resource because, at the end of the day, they’re family, and they want to help you find your place and be successful.
Posted on November 16, 2020 in Life of a College Athlete
When doing research in the recruiting process for my daughter I came across the LRT Sports website. I was immediately intrigued as this was another dimension of the recruiting process that many people don't even consider. My daughter and I could "short list" schools based on the education she was looking for, as well as the opportunity to play her sport. LRT Sports not only gave us pertinent information into the recruiting process with different interviews of coaches and players, it also gave us insight into current and/or former players' opinions on the coach of that school in her sport. We could use this information to re-prioritize my daughters list of schools based on this feedback. I have many friends that are, or will be, going through this process shortly and I highly recommend using LRT Sports as part of anyone's recruiting process.
The college process presents a myriad of challenges. Factor in athletics and it becomes even more daunting. Now, add the fact that you have zero experience with sports. What is a the mother of a college bound student-athlete to do? LRT Sports has truly lived up to its promise. It has kept "the college recruiting process honest and easy by providing first hand information about coaches, schools and the recruiting process." Their interviews with current students, coaches, and professional athletes have provided realistic guidance. I am much more informed because of LRT Sports! The coach ratings are the most helpful. LRT Sports interviews allow us to hear from students as to how the adults are impacting not only their athletic experience but also how they are helping to shape their adult self.
The C.A.L.C. was thrilled to have Keirsten Sires come and speak to us on multiple topics relevant to high school athletics today, including recruiting. Keirsten reached all of our students and left them with great strategies that will not only help on the fields, courts, and mats, but also in the game of recruiting. She was a true professional and delivered a wonderful message.
Now that the recruiting process and the related stress is over, I wanted to thank you for your guidance. You did so much more than we had expected. Once you started the process by matching the best academic schools first, not the best sport programs, I knew you were the one. The way you laid out a timeline of contacting coaches, visits, and camps completely took any guesswork out of the plan for us. All of the student athletes that you put us in touch with gave us a look from the inside, and made us more comfortable knowing what was coming. Finally, using your website as a resource for knowing what to expect from different coaches based on former recruit reviews gave my son confidence before our meetings. There is no way we could have figured this out on our own, you really put us in a great position when decision time came.
I think hearing from other athletes is very beneficial. To be able to learn from people’s mistakes, and to be able to have access to those voices is really helpful; especially voices that have been there and done that. It’s very important for people to have access to information that could benefit them, and in this case there are many voices that can help the next wave of athletes.
If you have something that’s going to spell [the recruiting process] out for you… it’s so valuable. I think what everyone at LRT Sports is doing to spread the word and help advocate and educate athletes on the recruitment process is incredible.
Without question would have used LRT Sports. It would have probably been one of the most valuable tools that I could have had. If you want to know what these coaches are really like then I think this is the best tool out there. I’m really glad you are allowing recruits to have a resource like this moving forward.