March for Freshman & Sophomores
PARENTS TO DO:
Help Your Child Think about Summer Activities
Encourage your son to do something “meaty”. Good options include volunteering, shadowing a working professional, or even becoming a small scale entrepreneur.
Discuss high school baseball and travel, club or scout team baseball
Be sure you have a clear understanding of what each offers and how each benefits your son.
Be sure you do your homework on exactly what is offered for the price paid and don’t be mislead by a “name”
Find time to get on a college campus (and not your local campuses – you can do that anytime of the year)
Gives you a perspective of what is out there
Gives you a sense of how far it actually is from home
Gives you an idea of classroom sizes and facilities
Look into one of the Fallon Sports summer baseball trips – they are once in a lifetime experiences
Schedule a free college planning and recruiting assessment with me
I will get you on the right path
You will have a better idea of what really happens within the recruiting and admissions process (I do this every single day)
You will understand how you can help your child succeed
You will understand that it does not matter whether you are going to an Ivy League school, NCAA Division I, II or III school or NAIA school, your child is a freshman and the process has started for them – LIKE IT OR NOT – Get prepared!
STUDENTS TO DO:
Begin to contact colleges
The advantage of contacting colleges now:
Opens the door for them to contact you
Puts your name on the list of players to follow. If they don’t know you or where you are playing they cannot lay their eyes on you.
Gives you time to get to know the colleges
And so much more
Create Your Time Management Guideline
Make a “to do” list everyday:
Put things that are most important at the top and do them first
Use spare time wisely:
Get some reading done on the bus ride (or car ride) home
It’s Okay to say “NO”:
Keep your short and long term priorities in mind – if a friend asks you to do something the night before your exam – just say “no”
Find the right time:
You’ll work more efficiently if you figure out when you do your best work. For example, if your brain handles math better in the afternoon, don’t wait until night to do it.
Review your notes everyday:
You will reinforce what you’ve learned that day so you will need less time to study.
Get a good night’s sleep:
Running on empty makes your day seem longer and every task much more difficult.
Let your friends know:
If texting, Facebook, Instagram, phone calls, etc are too tempting and distracting from your homework tell your friends (and yourself) that you are offline and unavailable between 8 and 10pm (or whenever)
Become a taskmaster:
Figure out how much time you have each week. Give yourself a time budget and plan (prioritize) your activities accordingly
Don’t waste time agonizing:
Have you ever wasted an entire evening by worrying about something that you’re supposed to be doing? Was it worth it? Instead of agonizing and procrastinating – just do it.
Keep things in perspective:
Setting goals that are unrealistic sets you up for failure. While it’s good to set high goals for yourself, be sure not to overdo it. Good goals are both challenging and reachable.
All of the above will help you create good habits which will not only help you in your day to day life but will be a huge factor in your success when you apply this to your college recruitment.
Have a GREAT month