The recruitment process...
My recruitment process was not the conventional type because I had a major place to showcase my level. However, it does resemble in most ways to an ordinary process. I also had to deal with the pressure of deciding for a school, communicating with different colleges, going through the admissions process and all of this with absolutely no guidance.
After my time at the JWC (Junior World Cup) I left with a very good impression of America, it`s schools and the level but had too many questions and no one to help me answer them. After getting the interest of some coaches I had to start a whole process in order to see if I was academically suitable for their schools.
Since the athletic part was already taken care off, I had to gather all of my academic records and make sure they were sufficient for the schools I had in my list. Later I had to take the TOEFL to prove my English proficiency, a step every foreign athlete needs to take, and go through the admissions process and essay writing. However, going into this I didn't know I would need to do any of this!
The process wasn’t simple and most of the times I had to figure things out on my own. I had to knock on some doors and made some mistakes. Eventually I got all the paperwork done and was only left with the choice of deciding were I wanted to go. I had to ask myself some serious questions and as I look back, they were questions I should have asked myself at the beginning of the recruitment process. This included: where did I wanted to live, what kind of social life I wanted to have, the prestige of the school academically and athletically, and how I wanted to balance all of that.
Eventually I made a great choice and was extremely happy with the way everything turned out, but if there is something I wish I had done differently, it would have been informing myself and deciding upfront what type of college experience I was looking for and decide which schools I was going to target based on that. I wish I had someone to guide me through the process, the do’s and don’ts, rules and procedures but most importantly someone to give me a real idea of what was expected of me.