James Madison University 04 - Women's Lacrosse
When I decided that I wanted to play lacrosse in college the entire college search process changed. Not only did I need to find a school that fit what I was looking for academically, I also needed to find one that had a lacrosse program I was interested in and that was interested in me. I had not idea what schools would want me to play for them or if any even would, which was completely overwhelming. I found out on July 1st, the day coaches are aloud to call you according to NCAA rules, that I had options.
In starting the college search I looked at everything and eventually decided that I did not want a small school so anything under about 4,000 students was not for me. I knew I wanted a campus that was active and friendly and had the academics that I was interested in.
Luckily I had initial lacrosse interest from a variety of schools and realized I had an opportunity to play at some pretty decent D-1 lacrosse programs. I then started speaking with a lot of schools and taking trips, some official and others unofficial, to get a better idea of what I wanted in a program and school.
Personally, I was not a big fan of speaking to coaches on the phone and the recruiting process stressed me out. It is tough to make a decision when you are not really sure what exactly you want, but you will figure it out. I looked at schools as different as Ohio State University and Brown University, but eventually after my visit to James Madison University I decided I had found the place that fit me. I really enjoyed my four years there and was lucky to have the opportunity to play a sport in college.
I would recommend using all your official visits if you are offered them and taking unofficial ones if you are not. Being able to meet the team and see the school when it is full of students is invaluable in helping you decide.
Be honest, be open, and enjoy the ride.
Good luck with everything!
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