Student reflects on postsecondary education and her athletic career


Most competitive athletes dream of the day that they find the school that wants to bring them in and pay for at least a portion of their college schooling. In my opinion, you aren’t actually a student-athlete until you are a collegiate student-athlete. Just a couple of weeks ago, I got that big-time offer to play competitive D1 golf at Delaware State University. At that moment, it felt like everything that I had dreamt of and tried to accomplish had finally manifested. Coach Rick Mccall sat me down and offered to pay for my whole school tuition; room, board, and books included.

I felt relieved. Ever since I started playing golf at 10, I knew that if I worked hard enough that one day I would get the chance to go to college for free. 

For a while, it wasn’t clear that I wasn’t going to be able to get that chance. The past year has been slow from a recruitment perspective. All of my friends around me were talking about their relationships with so many of the coaches that I had reached out to, but when I looked at my inbox I didn’t see anything. I was starting to lose confidence. Fortunately, about a month ago I finally heard something from one of the coaches that I had been reaching out to you. Soon I had the decision to make.  

I had been previously offered a full-ride scholarship to Alabama State, and after an official visit to their school, I was almost 100% sure that that was the school I wanted to go to. However, about a week before Thanksgiving, I got the chance to see Delaware; and it was like everything felt right. The school and the city and the people made me feel immediately welcomed and like that was the right place for me. Now I had to let the coaches at Alabama know that I wasn’t going to accept their offer. 

In the end, even though Delaware is kind of far and definitely a huge step, I think that it is a step in the right direction and the best opportunity for me.