Playing sports on the collegiate level is a dream to many, but the reality of the situation is that some are not ready for that level of competition either on the playing field or in the classroom. In this situation a person has two choices:
- 1. Give up on your dream and live life unfulfilled and full of what ifs!
- 2. Find a healthy alternative that will act as a catalyst in catapulting you to the big stage!!
I am very familiar with this crossroad in a young student/athlete’s life as I too walked in these shoes. At 18 years old and fresh out of high school I choose to attend Kennedy-King Community College for my first two years as a college athlete. The following is an overview of some of the benefits that this institution provided for me as I achieved my dream of playing basketball at the University level.
While many will ponder junior college upon the option and dismiss it like the gum that’s been under their shoe for the last several days, others will see this opportunity for what it really is; the helping hand the doctor ordered. There are many benefits in attending one of these two year institutions according to Scholarships.com including:
- 1. Cheaper classes (allow you to defeat the cost of expensive pre requisites and general education courses.)
- 2. Smaller class sizes with Qualified Professors
- 3. Time to consider your major
- 4. Transferrable Credits
Also, some of the great benefits for your athletic career are:
- 1. More hands on coaching from staff to strengthen your skills and physique
- 2. Less campus distractions which improves focus
- 3. Lighter class workload which equals more practice time
- 4. Another playing stage which allows you the chance to prove your worth and be recruited by universities and four year institutions
Some athletic programs at junior colleges have summer workout regimes which also grant you access to take summer school courses free of charge. You can use this opportunity to take classes which would be tougher with a full semester schedule, repeat failed courses, and take extra credits which can allow you to graduate earlier.
Also, even if your aspiration does not include playing your sport at higher level you can utilize your time spent at a junior college to obtain your associates degree or a particular trade of your choice. If grades were the reason for your attendance at the community college you can study hard and achieve a grade point average which will merit you an academic scholarship to attend an institution of higher learning.
Lastly, depending on the talent of the athlete, junior college may at times feel beneath you, but if you use the time there wisely it can be the second chance at achieving your dream. Trust me I know.