Achieving a Balance Between Academics and Athletics

His Future Stars counselor explained to him and his parents the ins and outs of the college recruiting process, showed them exactly how to market John as a scholar athlete, and encouraged them to remain focused on the perfect college match so that — even if he was unable to continue competing athletically — he would still be in the right place academically.

Achieving a Balance Between Academics and Athletics

John, a devoted swimmer, came to Future Stars as a freshman who was already achieving high marks in both the pool and the classroom. He had his sights set on attending a university where he could compete at the highest level in his sport while also being challenged academically.

Some time later, with his junior year approaching, John sat with his Future Stars counselor to choose his courses. He shared that — after moving to a new club swim team as a means of elevating his athletic abilities — he had struggled to meet the demands of the advanced course load in sophomore year. His counselor had noticed the slip in GPA and was also tracking the increasing attention John was getting from collegiate swim programs. After careful consideration and discussions with John and his parents, the strategic decision was made to select classes for junior year that would keep John firmly on track for college acceptances, but relieve some degree of pressure so that he could better balance his academic and athletic performance.

As junior year progressed, John's GPA rose to new heights while his times in the pool continued to drop. John then received a different type of coaching...His Future Stars counselor explained to him and his parents the ins and outs of the college recruiting process, showed them exactly how to market John as a scholar athlete, and encouraged them to remain focused on the perfect college match so that — even if he was unable to continue competing athletically — he would still be in the right place academically. 

All John's hard work came together when he was recruited to swim for UC Berkeley. John had the academic qualifications that the Cal coach knew the admissions office was looking for and the times that made him an asset to the swim team. The last time his Future Stars counselor saw him, John was on television swimming in the Olympic trials.