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What’s the hardest part about collage and deciding what you want to do.

I play football and I love the medical field but I don’t know how long I want to stay with football. What’s your advice

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ShaRon’s Answer

Destiny,

All athlete's know that at some point the ball is going to stop bouncing and then you have to think about the rest of your life. I was faced with this scenario with both of my children who play/played basketball. In both instances they decided to continue to play and were awarded athletic & academic scholarships. In my home we stressed being STUDENT athletes, so grades always came first. The good thing about being good in sports is it gives you a way to offset the high price of college! On the down side, you do not have the same experience as non-student athlete's because of practice, games, travel and time commitments related to the sport. On the upside, you get to travel, play the sport you love, meet lots of new people and not incur debt to finance your education.

There is a great NCAA slogan that says, "We all go pro in something other than the sport we play!" So you really do not have to choose, between the two IF you don't want to. You can use football as a tool to offset the cost of a college degree and study a pre med curriculum OR you can hang up your shoes and study medicine full time and play football on the intermural team as a way to stay healthy and active.

What ever you decide, I am confident that you are destined for greatness! Good Luck

ShaRon
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Yassine’s Answer

Common challenges include managing time effectively, balancing academic and social life, and adjusting to a more independent and rigorous learning environment.
For your situation, my advice is to pursue both your passion for football and interest in the medical field during college.
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Mustafa’s Answer

If you're passionate about sports and interested in medicine, you'll find your perfect fit in those medical areas that need a touch of athleticism. Based on my extensive 24-year journey as a clinical neurologist, I can confidently say that surgical specialties could be a rewarding choice for you.
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Paul’s Answer

Destiny,
I was in a similar situation but with different interests in accounting and HR. I was pursuing accounting and thought that was what I would focus on in college. However, that morphed into studying Business Management and Business Administration. My recommendation is to start somewhere related to your interest today and be open to change. Maybe you start with pursuing sports medicine. Best of luck.
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Kaitlin’s Answer

Dear Destiny,

Embrace the thrill and joy that college life brings! It's a time of exploration and discovery, so don't worry if you don't have everything mapped out. Much of college is about uncovering who you are and evolving as a person. It's common to study something we're passionate about, but not always pursue it professionally. Feel free to explore different subjects and find what truly sparks your interest.

If you're given the chance to participate in college sports, I wholeheartedly encourage you to seize it. I had the privilege of playing college softball, and it was an extraordinary journey. Representing your college and being part of a collegiate team is a unique and rewarding experience. It opens doors to countless lessons and experiences that I wouldn't have had outside of college athletics.

As for the medical field, volunteering at a local hospital or doctor's office is a great starting point! The medical field is vast and filled with opportunities that many can't even fathom.

But most importantly, remember that it's okay not to have everything figured out! Life is a continuous journey of learning, adapting, and growing. As long as you're evolving and improving, you're on the right path. And remember, growth isn't confined to a classroom!

Wishing you all the best!

Kaitlin

Kaitlin recommends the following next steps:

Volunteer at a hospital to get an idea of what area you may be interested in with medicine!
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Yasmin’s Answer

Hello Destiny,
I believe it is a wonderful starting point for a career to pursue something you truly love and enjoy doing - those are usually the fields we excel in naturally.
That being said though, it is not necessary to stay in the same career or even field for the entirety of your professional life. Football might be a good starting point or spring board into various different careers depending on where you feel like you want to develop the next skill set once you feel the time is right to grow in different areas (or your interests change).
By gaining experience in regards to potential careers that could follow on from or branch off of football, you will naturally find other areas of professional interest and make the relevant connections in the process that can get you onto the next ladder of your career after sports.
Just pick a professional starting point and see where your professional journey takes you.
All the very best to you!
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Molly’s Answer

Hello Destiny!

This is a great question! Simply answered, I would recommend to step your foot into multiple areas. If you find that what you are currently in or studying does not satisfy and appeal to what you want to do in the future, then you can easily shift away from that one area and focus in another. In college, I knew that I wanted to focus my studies in general business. However, that is all I knew. After focusing my studies in multiple areas of business, I found my way into Human Resources where I currently am working in today. I received my MBA focusing specifically in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, and currently have a position as an Human Resources Administrator for a Sam's Club distribution and fulfillment center. You will never know what you like until you dip your foot in the water and tread through several areas!
Dimply put, you do not have to settle on the first major that you decide. You never know what you'll find until you step your foot out there and test the waters!

I hope this helped, and good luck in your endeavors!

Thank You
Molly H.
Thank you comment icon Thanks for your encouragement! Destiny
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