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Advice from Recently Committed Track & Field Athlete: Rachel Cho

Rachel Cho, track & field athlete

from White Rock, British Columbia

Committed to Nova Southeastern University

Link to Rachel's BeRecruited Profile

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?

In high school, I ran both cross country as well as track and field. I had a blast and was successful in both sports so by the end of grade 9, I knew running was something I wanted to pursue in college. Honestly, I can’t imagine my life without it.

Why did you ultimately choose your college? How many other schools were you looking at? 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 decided to sign with Nova Southeastern University after two months searching for colleges. Prior to coming across NSU and a gentle glance over the school, I got interest from college coaches about three weeks after I started my college search. When the coach at NSU contacted me, he offered me a scholarship on the spot. Faster than I knew it, Coach Hagopian organized a recruitment visit. Truthfully speaking, I wasn’t expecting much from the school, but the visit changed that all. After my 6:00 AM practice with my future teammates and the school tour, I knew Nova was the school for me. My advice is, unless you are a national or international level athlete, you have to knock on their doors. Most schools have recruitment questionnaires on their athletic website and/or coach e-mails. BeRecruited was a really big help, but make sure you e-mail or fill out and submit those forms too. The process is time-consuming, but let yourself be known in some way! No coach will know about you unless you let them know you exist.

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

BeRecruited helped in my college search by letting schools know that I was interested. All I had to do was either visit a school’s profile or invite them to my profile. That’s how I was recruited!

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

My high school coach helped me contact my first recruiter for UPenn. Unfortunately, I missed their early admission deadline, so after that, I did my own recruiting.

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

I find that the recruiting process takes a lot of time, especially if you have a late start. I suggest that you start early.

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

I would have to say my biggest athletic accomplishment so far would be either placing in the top 25 at cross country provincials in ’09 when I was in grade 10 (I ran as a senior) or placing 7th in 1500 m steeplechase at the 2010 Track & Field Provincial Championships.

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

Never think you aren’t good enough to get recruited! If you have a passion for your sport, there is a school for you. The fact that I got recruited is a miracle in itself; I didn’t even run a full cross country season and I didn’t have a track season at all because of injuries. I was recruited on my grade 10 times—my potential. I’m still trying to work back to my best and more. Lastly, throw yourself out there. What’s there to lose?

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