Athletes make the transition from high school to college

By Jamie Hufnagle
October 20, 2006

When students make the transition into college, many also make the transition from playing high school sports to playing sports at the college level.

“The expectations from from high school to college are slightly different,” Leandra Conti, senior English and communication major and goalie for the Cabrini women’s soccer team, said.

Conti continued saying that academics were put on the “back burner” in high school while they were a lot more important here at college. “Well-known athletes fell victim to getting away with stuff, myself included, which only hurt me once I got into college.”

Conti feels that there is a lot more responsibility with college sports, as all of the work falls on each individual.

“Your parents can’t call the college and complain to the coach like they did in high school if you don’t play enough.”

Nicole Duggan, sophomore and English and communication major and a guard on the Cabrini College women’s basketball team and stopper for the Cabrini College women’s soccer team noticed a difference between the rivalries in college sports.

Duggan said that she knew the rivalries growing up in high school but when she came to college, she had to find them out for herself. “I know Eastern is our neighbor and they are a huge rival to us, but I couldn’t see that until after one time playing them.”

Sharae Middlebrook, a junior Englsh and communication major who is a guard on the women’s basketball team noticed the difference in competition when playing basketball at college level. “In high school, we would win every game by at least 40 points, but now that I am on a college level, the games are more competitive.”

Katelyn Penrose, a junior elementary education major who plays attack on the women’s lacrosse team, noticed a difference in the people she played with. “When coming to college from high school sports, you don’t know the people on your college team and are forced to connect with them.” Penrose continued, “High school on the other hand, you are playing with people you have known your whole life.”

While Penrose noted the differences, she pointed out a common similarity. Penrose concluded saying that both high school and college sports “require a lot of passion and dedication for the sport.”

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