I once worked with a student whose mother candidly admitted that her blood runs blue or green, depending on whether Notre Dame is home or away. Your college athletic options can run the range from Division I scholarship athlete to spectator and the role of athletics may play a substantial role in your college choice.
If you are planning to compete as an athlete, you are aware of the time commitment involved. Practice time and competition are substantial commitments, and even at the non-scholarship Division III level, you may find that travel to competition eats away at class and study time. On the positive side, playing your sport at an elite level may be a once in a lifetime opportunity — the support for your college career and the friends and social network you find through your team can be just as rewarding as the athletic competition itself.
Most campuses offer an extensive array of intramural sports from the traditional such as basketball and soccer to dodgeball and innertube water polo. Participating in intramurals is a great way to get some exercise, meet new people, and socialize with friends from the residence hall or other organization.
Athletics are often closely intertwined with school spirit. Are you seeking a “rah-rah” campus where students devote their Saturdays to football, or spend time painting their chests before basketball games? Football, basketball, or ice hockey might dominate the weekends, as students gather before the game and celebrate victory afterwards. On other campuses the spirit is more a muted pride. At a smaller college, attending the a volleyball game might be as much about cheering on your floormate or your chem lab partner as it is about cheering for your school.
Whatever your final college choice is, grab a sweatshirt with your school name on it, and wear it with pride!