How to Receive the Perfect College Offer

The first thing that you need to do in order to find yourself the perfect college offer is to understand what it is that you want. What are you looking for? Do you only want to go to a particular area of the United States? Do you want a large school or a small school? Do you want to have a higher chance of competing in your first year if you are an athlete or are you happy to put work in and work your way into more playing opportunities later on. Do you need the cost of your experience to be within a particular budget range in terms of costs? Do you want to be near friends or family that are already in the US?

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You may have no parameters and just be happy with an opportunity. Parameters are your wants and your needs and what are you looking for in a college offer. You may have parameters, or you may not have any and just want to get an offer.

The process of finding the perfect offer is to figure out exactly what it is that you’re wanting out of this pathway. If you don’t do that or if you fail to figure out what is important to you, then you won’t know what type of offer you want/need to receive, and you won’t know where to look.  There could be a lot of question marks with any option that comes through. You have to weigh up pros and cons and if there are more pros than cons, then it may not be the perfect offer because it doesn’t tick all the boxes. If it ticks a lot, or the majority of them, then you are on the right track.

You won’t know how perfect it is until you are actually there, or at least speaking with coaches, which is something that happens in the latest stages of the process. There is always going to be a sense of the unknown.

The first step is figuring out what it is what you want. After you determine this, you then need to figure out whether what you want is realistic. Does your athletic history, academic history, everything that you bring to the table, allow you to get into these particular schools that you have classed as perfect opportunities. You may have set too many parameters with the many different desires that you have.

There is the “perfect offer” and then there is figuring out whether you’re suitable for that offer or opportunity. You have to look at yourself in the present. That is what college coaches are recruiting. The coaches are recruiting you now. They are not recruiting you based on your word and where you think you should be competing, or where you think you will be in a years’ time, or what you have done in the past. If you are looking at a particular area, the best thing that you can do if you are not getting exactly what you deem as perfect is to put yourself in proximity of what you deem to be perfect. Then make the most of your experience to really try and get as close to perfect as you want.

What I think you will find along the way and a lot of kids find along the way is “Well this is actually really good where I am. I didn’t expect this at all.”

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