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Freshman - A Look Ahead

August 1, 2016

 

As I look at the freshman class I want to send out the reminder that your attitude is the way you view your experiences, your environment, your opportunities, your problems, your choices and your responses.  It's "cool to be cool" but remember the people making decisions on you (high school coaches, college coaches, college admissions personnel, your athletic director, teachers baseball scouts - these type of people) are not your peers and it is very important to understand that they are watching - yes watching you and yes watching you now!  The things you do and say now cannot be re-done so be sure to think things through.  My advice is to just monitor you attitude because it is what everybody sees ... they may not have the opportunity to talk to you, get to know you or even relate with you but they are able to see your attitude!  Your attitude is either failure-reinforcing or success-reinforcing.  When you strike out - what do you do?  When you make an error, what do you do?  Better yet, when your teammate makes an error what do you do?  Your attitude in this situation begins as a harmless thought but in time when reinforced, this becomes a habit into who you are.  Will your attitude help you or hurt you?  As an individual you probably do not even know your attitude exists but others do - whether positive or negative.  Your attitude is either the lock on or key to the door of fulfillment.  How important is your attitude? In truth, “Attitude is Everything."

 

Freshman Checklist

  • I encourage your involvement in a wide variety of activities

    • Most college and scholarship applications ask students to list their high school activities.  Many applications also ask for evidence of leadership. 

      • Be involved in a variety of activities and wherever possible take a leadership role.

      • Depth of involvement (length) is also important as it shows focus and commitment.

      • Participate in activities out side of school