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Advice from Recently Committed Soccer Player: Christina Fullmer


Christina Fullmer, Soccer

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From Ephraim, UT

Committed to Western Wyoming Community College

 

Thoughts on BeRecruited: The deluxe package helped quite a bit and also having a lot of info on most of the colleges.

Advice for Athletes Searching for the Right Fit: Put yourself out there! Do not wait for coaches to contact you first. Think about all your options and what fits you best. Don't wait until the last minute to try and be recruited, the sooner you start the better. Keep track of game film and edit it for all your specific highlights and send to coaches.

While in high school, what other teams and/or sports were you playing? Did you know all along you wanted to play your sport in college?

Throughout high school I played soccer, basketball, and ran on the track team. Soccer and track were the only ones I held onto. I loved track but it was more of something I did to help me improve in soccer, and it did. Since I was 8 I always wanted to play soccer in college. Whenever we drove past a college soccer field I always told my mom “I’m going to play there one day.” Playing soccer in college has just always been a goal I’ve had for as long as I can remember.

When did you start getting interest from college coaches? Were they knocking down your door, or were you reaching out to them? If so, how?

I had to reach out to most of the schools. One way was just getting on the BeRecruited website and putting myself out there. Another way was contacting the coaches on my own time (email/phone). I was looking at about 4 different schools but when it came down to me last decision I had to decide between 2. I started getting interest once I reached out to them and was on the BeRecruited website. So it was about half way or the end of my junior year. I chose my college because I took all the time I could to think about it and actually visited the campus and met the team and coach. After going through the pros and cons between the last 2 colleges it just seemed like the better option and opportunity for me.

How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with your committed college?

Before being on BeRecruited I had never even considered this college. I had put no effort in trying to go and play there. I can honestly say that before BeRecruited the college I’m going to never crossed my mind.

Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why? (Parents, a coach, a hs counselor?)

My high school coach started helping me out before anyone else. She told me that I had to put forth the effort if I really wanted to play. She helped me get started on it all and gave me a lot of things I needed to think about before going to a specific college. My parents were supportive through the whole thing. They didn’t care where I went just as long as I thought I made the right decision.

What role did you club coaches/hs coaches have in helping you get recruited? How active were your parents in the process?

I’d have to say that my high school coach probably helped me out the most. When I went to try out for this team I called her and asked what questions I should be asking the coach about their team and the college. She wrote me recommendation letters to give, along with my assistant coaches. Again, my parents were really supportive. They came with me to meet the coach and team and were backing me up through the whole thing. My parents were extremely active in the entire process.

What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any? 

Making my final decision. It was hard for me because it was out of state and away from home. I seriously had to think of all the good and bad things about it and if it was right for me. I also had to be willing to hear coaches and what they had to say and offer me. Opening up to all my options was quite a challenge.

To date, what do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sport career?

For one, getting recruited and getting a scholarship to go on and play the sport I love. I also had the opportunity of being a team captain my senior year and stepping up to be a leader to the rest of my teammates. Another on was being a freshman starter in high school. It’s not very often that freshmen get to start varsity and I was very excited that I was able to.

What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport past high school?

Do NOT wait for coaches to contact you! Take the first step and put ourselves in front of the coaches. Don’t expect a coach to put the effort in before you. BeRecruited also helped me out a ton so I strongly advise setting up a profile on the website. Be willing to try new options and have more than one. When a coach does consider you, ask every question you have in your mind and think about it as much as possible. Think about it enough so that you feel confident that you made the right decision, whether it is that you go to that school or not.

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