Sep   2011



There's Life Outside of Sports?


Tags: political science, theater, extracurricular, college sports, student athletes, student life, athlete, sports, community service

Senior Assistant Editor, Scholarship Manager, Wintergreen Orchard House

Aside from being an athlete what else would you say about yourself? Are you a theater kid? TV junkie? Singer? Humanitarian? Politician at heart? Do you have a secret love for chemistry? Whatever your "side interest" is, the amazing thing about college is that it allows you to grow in every way possible.

It can be scary thinking about going to school without playing a sport. What are you going to do? How are you going to fit in? I promise you, life will not be over if sports are no longer your #1 interest. Let's talk about what else college has to offer an athlete off the field.

Feeling a little dramatic?

If you love being on stage in front of crowds of people, the theater is where you need to be. Tonnnns of schools have theatre programs, and you don't need to be a theater major to be involved. Without a doubt, this will allow you to shine somewhere that isn't on a field. Okay, I know that it’s a little overwhelming to narrow down the school you want and if theater interests you, so never fear, has done all the work for you. The site lists all of the top colleges and universities in the country that have the best theater and theater-related programs. Outside of theater, in the same vein, check out: dance teams, choirs, drama clubs, glee club, and bands.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Ok, so being on stage might not be your thing. But you still love being in the spotlight. Find out if your school has a TV station. Maybe they have a daily or weekly newscast, or maybe you can create a show and produce it for the school. Even if a TV station doesn't exist, find some classmates with similar interests, and start a club if it hasn't been started yet. Hang out with people that love to do what you do, and you've got an instant set of friends.

Saving the world

Have a special place in your heart for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity or Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD)? Without a doubt community service is an area where colleges thrive. There's nothing like giving back to your community. Even if you don't want to devote your whole time at school to community service, I'm sure that there are going to be tons of opportunities available to keep you busy for a day, a whole week, or the entire school year. Check out also: Up 'til Dawn, Best Buddies, Alternative Spring Break, Colleges Against Cancer. I have to mention again because of their breadth of information available on this topic. You’ll be able to figure out, just with their simple lists, what type of school can fit your community service interests.

Are you an Elephant or Donkey?

Maybe you have a passion for government. Many schools have Republican and Democratic clubs that you can join. Almost all schools will have a Student Government Association or Class Council that I'm sure will perk your interest. You could be elected into a position and set the standards for your school. It's great practice for those of you with ambitions to work in local government or thoughts about making your way to Washington, D.C.

Ok, so maybe some of those options aren't your cup of tea. Come back next week for part two to learn about some more paths that might be more exciting to you. Maybe knowing that there are so many options out there will take some pressure off of the decision-making process!