Are you unsure how long you plan to stay in the US?

If you’re somebody that definitely wants to go to the states and you want to experience what it’s like to be a college athlete and experience US college, but you’re not actually sure how long you want to stay then read on. You’re not sure if you want to stay for four years. Or if you just want to go and maximize the most out of one semester or one year, or if you’re just like, “Yeah, I’ll give it a go and we’ll just see what happens.”

If you’re not sure if you want to stay for all four years, why potentially spend more money on a larger more expensive school for your first year if you’re not sure you’re going to stay there for four years?
If you’re not sure how long you want to stay but you know that you want to compete right away and you know that you want to get the most out of your experience for however long that you do stay there, whether that be short-term or long-term, then junior college may be a great pathway for you because you know you’re going to go in, and you’re going get the most out of it. And look, if you enjoy it and you do well and you adjust to the social side of things and you’re enjoying what you’re doing, then keep doing it.

One semester may lead to two, and there’s one year done. Then it’s like, “Okay, well, yeah. I’m actually doing pretty well. I’m studying, making good grades. I’m playing a lot of sport. This is fantastic. I’ll go back for a second year.” And then one year leads to two years. And then after two years you’re halfway there and this has been awesome. So, you keep going. Then everything that you’ve accomplished there will then move with you wherever you go next. It’s a whole new experience for those final two years.
If you are wanting to just go over, have an experience, and after one semester come back,” at least you can sit there and say, “Well, I’ve got to play sport. I enjoyed it. I met some great friends. It was time well spent, and now I’m back to my home country doing something different.”

That’s a small reason as to why junior college may be the best pathway for you. One other small reason is really based around your character. If you’re maybe more of a shy person, introverted and maybe not as confident with your academics or the athletic side of things straight away and you would want that experience, then again your type of character may certainly be more suitable to the junior college system.
It eases you into that whole thing of being away from home and finding a bit of your own identity and doing that in a place that’s not super overwhelming and where you just blend in as a number. And in saying that, if you’re somebody out there that’s extremely confident in your character and you’re extroverted and you easily make friends, for you, junior college may be a great path because you’re not a number there.

You’re not a number. You’re known by name. Everyone knows you. You know everyone.
You make a group of friends. The teachers and the staff on campus know who you are and that you play sport, whatever sport that you play. As a student athlete at junior college, everybody knows you and you’re doing things in the community and there’s an identity to that, and that’s something that is awesome. You’re a little superstar in the community. That’s something that can be very good for somebody that’s confident, because then it helps you settle in better and you get used to a new way of life with mixing your studies and sport and this identity that you’ve got in the United States because you’re the kid from Australia. Or you’re the kid from England, or you’re the kid from South Africa. A small community just allows for students to be something special, straight away. As opposed to just being another number.

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