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Do colleges care if you quit a sport senior year?

So, I've been playing this sport since freshman year, but right now, I'm really thinking about quitting. I'm worried, though. Will it harm my chances of getting into a good college if I quit my sport during my senior year? Any advice would be appreciated!

8 months ago

Quitting a sport in your senior year isn't automatically a red flag for colleges, as long they can see your time is being filled productively in other areas. It’s essential to consider why you're quitting and what you'll be doing instead. If you're leaving the sport to dedicate more time to other extracurricular activities, particularly those related to your intended field of study or career path, that can be a positive move. Colleges appreciate seeing dedication and growth in activities that align with your interests and goals.

For instance, if you are planning to study engineering and are quitting the sport to focus on a major engineering project or robotics club, that could actually strengthen your application. On the other hand, if you’re quitting simply to have more free time, that might not reflect as well on your commitment to extracurricular engagement. In any case, ensure that your applications communicate any changes effectively. If the sport has been a significant part of your high school life, it may be worth mentioning in your application why you decided to stop and illustrate what you've gained from the experience and how you've redirected your efforts. Transparency and reflection can be key in how such a decision is perceived by admissions officers.

8 months ago

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