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Is it a red flag to colleges if I quit a sport senior year?

I've been part of the soccer team for the past three years, but I'm thinking about quitting to focus on my studies and college apps. Will colleges care if I quit a sport senior year, or could this actually be seen as a mature decision to prioritize academics?

8 months ago

It's understandable that you're weighing the pros and cons of continuing with soccer during such a pivotal year. Rest assured, colleges are aware that students' interests and priorities can shift over time, especially as they transition to post-secondary education. If you've been dedicated to soccer for three years, that already demonstrates commitment and teamwork. Deciding to leave a sport to focus on academics can indeed be seen as a mature decision, showcasing your ability to prioritize and manage your time effectively.

Moreover, if you are improving your academic standing or dedicating time to another passion that could make your application more compelling, that's valuable. It would be beneficial to explain this decision in your applications, perhaps in an essay or an additional information section, so that admissions committees understand your reasoning, as there is a chance that without full context, they might misinterpret and think you're being lazy.

You'll also want to continue engaging in other activities that interest you, to show that you are able to balance academics and extracurricular involvements, as colleges want students who are going to contribute to their campuses in a variety of ways. Maybe soccer isn't the right fit for you anymore, but you don't want to cease extracurricular involvement altogether.

I hope this helps, and good luck with your decision, and your college apps!

8 months ago

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