Here’s another great guest blog post from our friends over at NCSA Athletic Recruiting! What happens when you transition to college – and aren’t the best any more?
Every high school student-athlete dreams of winning a state championship. One runner in Louisiana had much loftier expectations and she exceeded each one. Gabrielle Jennings, of First Baptist, who has been winning state titles since the fifth grade, just finished her career with a ridiculous 44 state championships!
If anyone can say “All I do is win”, we think it’s Gabrielle. Her resume is nearly flawless:
- Eight cross country championships
- Eight 1,600-meter outdoor championships
- Eight 3,200-meter outdoor championships
- Six 800-meter outdoor championships
- Five 3,200-meter indoor championships
- Three 1,600-meter indoor championships
- Three 4×400-meter outdoor championships
- Two 400-meter outdoor championships
- One 800-meter indoor championships
After her final high school race, Jennings was overcome with emotion at the end of an era, telling the Times-Picayune:
I’ve been doing this for eight years and it’s bittersweet. At a time like this I’ve made so many friends and this is my childhood. I grew up doing this. This is literally my life. A part of my childhood is gone tonight. It’s all in my memories. I have graduation tomorrow, so it’s going to be a real emotional weekend. I have a lot of family and friends in right now. I just know that I have a lot of great support behind me and I can’t wait for bigger things to come. I’m ready to move on at the same time.
Jennings is set to attend Furman University next year where she’ll make the transition from superstar to freshman athlete. The transition to college can be a humbling experience for student-athletes, especially for someone as decorated as Jennings. For the first time in years, she is likely not going to be the fastest runner on her team — much less in her conference.
Many student-athletes struggle with no longer being the top-dog. Rather than get frustrated with this big change, they must work even harder in the weight room and at practice to compete against better competition. Sports are about dealing with adversity and rising to meet challenges. No matter which obstacles lie ahead, don’t worry, you will be ready. You have been preparing your whole life for this opportunity!
And if you’re still worried about stepping up your game at the next level, check out what other NCSA recruits have said about their first year on campus. These comments come from several NCSA basketball athletes who were getting ready for their first college basketball season:
“So far things are going fine. Pre-season practices started 10 days ago and it looks like I’ll have a pretty good chance to play as a freshman.”
“NYU is great! I’ve had a very smooth transition thus far. Pre-season workouts have been very challenging, but manageable. I couldn’t be happier here. I absolutely love my team and the school. I can’t wait for the real season to start!”
“College life I going well so far. It definitely is a huge step up from high school but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. Conditioning has been really tough but I know it will help me in the long run. All of my teammates are really cool we all hang out with each other and look after one another.”
“Everything has been going fine since I began class here at Austin College. We have 6am conditioning three times a week and we have an open gym where the basketball team runs 5-on-5 three times a week.”
“I will say that college is totally different from high school. But I love it; still adjusting though. I have actually been red-shirted due to a knee injury. Conditioning is brutal but awesome!”
“Conditioning has been very hard – they are pushing us to our breaking point. There is a bunch of stories, I have a great roommate, who I found out is also with NCSA.”
“Hey, school is great, we just finished conditioning today. We have been conditioning for about three weeks now. We lift and do plyos from 6:30 to 8:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays we play for a couple of hours and then we have to shoot two days a week on top of that. It’s really tough but I’m seeing serious gains and I think the team is looking really good. I’m extremely happy with how everything is going.”
“Everything is going great so far. Conditioning is obviously pretty tough, but I love it. I’m having fun!”
“So far college has been good. It was a little different at first but I’m getting used to it. Conditioning is going well. I don’t think I have ever ran this much in my life, but I like it because I know I’m going to be in shape.”
“College has been great. Conditioning is going great as well. I’m almost over my homesickness and starting to get into the groove of college life.”
“I have been a little busy out here. But I had a pretty smooth transition from high school, and college is great. Conditioning is a little harder than I expected it to be at the beginning, but I’m getting used to it.”
Remember, NCSA Athletic Recruiting can help you prepare for the transition to college, ensuring that it’s not a shock when you arrive. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile!