CLASS OF 2019
SPORTS TURNED OUT NOT TO BE MY TICKET!
I loved high school. I was good at everything that mattered -- tennis, baseball, basketball, and golf. There was a season for every sport and I was one of the best in just about everything. School was great. The teachers cut me a lot of slack and I had friends in every class. I made good grades and school was sorta fun actually.
College is free for sports stars!
Actually, I was looking forward to college. Coach had always told me that I was going to go to college for free since I was an athlete. I didn't even have to think about picking a major really I mean the counselor always took care of all of that kind of stuff. I just played ball. I was thinking I might even play pro ball after college. I was a little worried about college classes but how hard could a psychology major be?
I got in but it was not as easy as I expected.
My mom did a lot of work in high school to make sure that I was NCAA eligible. I even took some AP classes which was a huge mistake because the work load was so heavy I could barely make 'B's in those classes. It was supposed to boost my GPA but it actually ended up tanking it. Man I hated AP classes. I don't even think I would have stayed in school if it has not been for sports, I hated AP so much. But Mrs. Moore said I needed AP for college. Turns out that I didn't. What I needed was a better coach.
My coach scouted another kid over me.
I didn't know it at the time but my coach was using his clout to promote another kid so I actually did not get into all the cool colleges that he promised. I ended up at a state school playing ball on a 30% scholarship. My parents took on loans to cover the rest. Turns out that at college I was not such a sports hot shot. And I definitely wasn't a good student. I ended up on academic probation and even lost my scholarship after my sophomore year. I was in over my head and had no idea what to do. Mrs. Lee was speaking at my college one weekend and I got to have lunch with her afterwards. It was like she'd known me for years. She didn't judge me she just showed me my options. It was such a relief having her on my side.
I had no idea there were so many choices.
I switched colleges the next year, got a clean slate GPA, and a 75% scholarship for a different sport. Mrs. Lee picked a new major for me and chose my classes each semester to make sure that I took classes with good teachers and in an order that would help me grow as a student. I ain't going pro but I got a degree and an internship in sports management after I graduate on Saturday.
I really scored with LeeWay . . . Thanks for everything Mrs. L.