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Countdown: Making the Most of Official Visits

It's fall. For many high school seniors who haven't yet made up their minds about school, that means official visits. An official visit is one in which your expenses are paid for by the college. Since official visits are limited (i.e., you are only allowed to take five in NCAA Division I and Division II), they are taken when you have narrowed down your short list of schools. They can be arranged to take place after the start of your classes as a high school senior.

College coaches were out in force at the U.S. Open
© Marcia Frost, College And Junior Tennis
There's no wrong or right in how a college tennis team functions. Coaches have their own way of doing things - the right or wrong simply has to do with what works for you. You've already learned that you need to ask about available scholarships and school programs, but there are some seemingly unimportant things that can have a major influence on your college experience. If your needs, wants and values are drastically different from that of the coaches and/or team, you will find yourself a very unhappy freshman.

Deciding where to go to college is one of the biggest decisions you will make, and having as much information as possible will help you make the right choice for you. Here are some questions you may not have considered as important in making a school choice - but these are things you should know before making a final decision:


Where does the team regularly eat when together? Is the coach a foodie who likes to check out local restaurants? Or, does the team frequent fast food joints?

If the thought of skipping McDonald's for a week makes you crazy, you might want to consider skipping the team whose coach has banned it. On the other hand, if your idea of dinner is variety or local favorites, then the foodie's team may be great.

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