College Exploration

The following is a guest blog written by my son Philip, who is a rising high school junior. He recently spent three weeks at Ithaca College, taking a course in Sport Management.

Philip is a sports fanatic & natural athlete (baseball, golf, soccer, tennis, etc.) and thinks he would like to pursue a career in the sports world. Last week I flew out to Ithaca from California to pick him up, tour some of the other upstate New York colleges (Cornell, Syracuse & Hamilton) and surprise him with a day trip to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame. After spending five days with Philip and listening to his "college" experience, I am certain that these weeks in Ithaca will be extremely beneficial as he really starts his college search. Another benefit is that he had an opportunity to meet teens his age from around the country, get a sense of others work ethics, and cultivate lifelong friendships.

The following is a guest blog written by Al Musante, Co-Founder of Get Athletic Scholarships. He can be reached through his website at For many student athletes, the drive to find your spot playing your sport in college whether at a DI, DII or DIII school, sometimes overshadows considerations about the academic program that may be available at a particular college. And, we know that you are probably saying to yourself, if I get offered a scholarship, partial or full, I am taking it because I want to play my sport.

The following is a guest blog written by my daughter, a sophomore at Smith College. She is a Gold Key Guide and has hosted several prospective students over the past year.

As May 1st gets closer and closer, high school seniors near the deadline for deciding on their college of choice. It's a tough decision to make, and there are a lot of ways to go about it. Many of you will take to the road or the skies in an effort to visit the various schools you've been accepted to. What will you do when you're there? Some students will take the time to sit in on classes, others may take a second tour because the first one was a long time ago and some will seek out professors to discuss their area(s) of interest. But don't forget: when your tour is over, you don't have to leave! Its unbelievably important to arrange for overnight stays on campus. Lets face it: you are not only making a decision about where you will be studying but also eating, sleeping and socializing for the next four years. Spending the night offers a glimpse of what undergraduate living might be like on each campus and allows students to compare the experiences from one college to another.