Should I join a sport in my junior year?
Hello, I’m going to be a rising junior and I’ve been wanting to join a sport since my freshman year. However, I couldn’t because I was working three jobs and my mental health wasn’t okay.
I’m thinking about trying cross country. But, some of the girls there don’t like me and I’m scared that colleges will think I’m doing this for college applications.
I’ve loved running ever since I was in second grade but I’m afraid that I won’t be able to be dedicated to it.
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So first of all do you have the time and would you need to stop doing something so you can do cross country chase if so you should LIKELY not join.
Also sports is fundamentally a fun competition so especially if you apply yourself you shouldn’t be seen as doing it for colleges. By itsleft it would not directly help you as you aren’t likely to be recruited for it.
And as I said sports is supposed to be fun and if your “teammates” are not making you enjoy it you shouldn’t do it. Also if you aren’t dedicated to it (or think you will be) I wouldn’t recommend it at all.
Also running can be done by itself XC is not needed to show an interest in it you might want to look at track? If you are interested in competitive running.
Hope this helps and comment if you need clarification.
Only thing I will add is doing a sport is not worth it unless a) you’ve been doing it since you were in elementary school (like 10yrs or younger) or b) you’re going to apply as a recruited athlete. Unless you can do one of those OR get a national ranking it’s not worth your time from an admissions standpoint. Sports are so generic and not a standout extracurricular and often the kids who get accepted to ivys on the basis of sports have been doing it since they were out of the womb. If you wanna do CC for the community aspect, sure go ahead, but my best friend has been doing XC/Track since he was a freshman and it is a MASSIVE time commitment. He barely has time for anything else since (at my school, at least) practice is 6x/week for 3 hours, meets/competitions are a WHOLE DAY once a weekend (usually saturdays) and he basically has one day a week (sunday) to do all of his schoolwork, plus extracurriculars, plus work. It’s not really working out too well for him. I don’t think you should join sports.