Hello everyone, track and field athlete here,
I'm currently a rising senior, and I need some solid honest advice. Throughout my junior year, I've contacted a few schools and have gotten in what felt like the full swing of the recruiting process. The first school was within the Pomona-Pitzer athletic program. Earlier in June I submitted my pre-read, and the coach emailed back saying the feedback was positive from Pitzer. I have yet to hear back from Pomona. It’s been a couple of weeks since I sent the coach an email regarding the results from Pomona. Secondly, there’s Dartmouth. At the beginning of July, I emailed the coach, expressed extreme interest, and attached every test score document, transcript, and race video I could. The response however was rather bland, and I’m not sure if all coaches are like this, but he basically said he could “help me all he could in the admissions office, but there’s no guarantee.” I’ve recently emailed him again to provide him with updates from my final races of the season, but he hasn’t answered yet. It’s been two weeks. Lastly, there’s Brown. I submitted my email, just like Dartmouth, and all he replied with was, “Thanks for the interest, we’ll keep in touch.”
I write this mainly to ask, how does the whole process work in terms of coaches? Does it seem like any of these coaches really have any interest in me? I have the times qualified (1:56 for the 800m, main event) for all of the schools, so that shouldn’t be a problem. My grades are decent (3.78 UW, 3.97 W) but my ACT score (29) was pretty low. I plan to take it again. The only school that showed a bit more interest is Pomona, and after looking at College Confidential threads about the school’s selective admissions office, I feel very, very mediocre. Is it that I’m a waste of their time, or is that coaches are usually very busy and often times don’t get around to answering? Any advice or feedback of what to do at this point would be very helpful as I don’t have a clue how to feel or what to do any longer.
Thanks so much.