More than a 4 Year Decision

Christine Streisel is a senior on the Duke track and field team, specializing in throws. She has been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll three times and is an exemplary case of what it means to be a student-athlete. Christine shares her thoughts on her focus for the recruiting process. 


There is a lot to think about when you’re being recruited, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. After four years at Duke and having been plagued with injuries, I think a big thing to consider when you’re choosing a school is where you feel comfortable and where you can see yourself, athletics aside. Of course the athletic part of the schools you’re looking at play a huge role in your decision making process, but I think that considering all the other factors is equally important. I know or have met people that have picked a school simply for the athletic side of things, without considering the big picture things such as the relationship with the coach, the academics, and whether or not the school was the right fit overall. There are few DI college athletes that will move on from the collegiate level to the pros, and making sure to recognize this fact and to think about what school gives for the best chance for post-collegiate success in all areas are important thoughts to keep in mind.

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