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jlai
03-27-2010, 08:31 PM
According to Sarah and Drew:

Rachael has been accepted to Stanford, UCLA and University of Denver so far.

Rachael: “I may defer for a year from college so I can continue to skate competitively. I hope to make that decision in the coming weeks."

http://twitter.com/sarahanddrew

I'd love to see what she could do in skating without school. That said, I recall the Manleywoman's podcast on Debi Thomas and she said she was so used to juggling school and skating, when she finally just focused on skating it was a tough mental transition for her.

Good luck to Rachael whatever she chooses

manleywoman
03-27-2010, 08:53 PM
Yes, but it worked well for Matt Savoie!

IceKween
03-27-2010, 09:15 PM
I hope she just goes to college and remember her competitive skating career fondly. She was a US champ and an Olympian. I'm not sure she could ever repeat as either. She's a sweet girl, very academically oriented, it's time for her to major in math and forget about skating. IMO.

RockTheTassel
03-27-2010, 09:20 PM
I hope she just goes to college and remember her competitive skating career fondly. She was a US champ and an Olympian. I'm not sure she could ever repeat as either. She's a sweet girl, very academically oriented, it's time for her to major in math and forget about skating. IMO.

I disagree with that. She isn't as good as Mirai, but she's arguably the second best US lady. I know everyone gets sick of hearing about her consistency, but it is a huge competitive advantage. She's also only seventeen, so she does still have some time to grow as a skater. I think it's too early to write her off.

MR-FAN
03-27-2010, 09:24 PM
Yes, but it worked well for Matt Savoie!

And Paul Wylie!

manleywoman
03-27-2010, 09:25 PM
I disagree with that. She isn't as good as Mirai, but she's arguably the second best US lady. I know everyone gets sick of hearing about her consistency, but it is a huge competitive advantage. She's also only seventeen, so she does still have some time to grow as a skater. I think it's too early to write her off.

As much as I'm not a fan, I agree. If she wants to keep going, good for her.

loopey
03-27-2010, 09:39 PM
I hope she takes the rest of her school year, has a good time as a senior, relaxes, and then makes a decision based on what she really wants in her heart.

I usually don't call for skaters to change coaches, but in two cases I do think a new coach would make a difference. She is one.

Good Luck to Rachael!

Vash01
03-27-2010, 10:27 PM
Glad to hear she wants to skate competitively. Wylie was attending Harvard and skating competitively at the same time. So may be Rachael can handle school and skating simultaneously? I hope she goes to Stanford. It's the best school out of the three mentioned here. She must be very bright.

timing
03-27-2010, 10:43 PM
If she wants to skate then I hope she does. The people I know who deferred college for a year or two did not regret doing so.

Ziggy
03-27-2010, 11:18 PM
I hope she goes to UCLA. ;P

Isn't it possible in the US to get an "individual schedule" of sorts so that you take less classes and spread them out over more years for example, so that you can still train and compete?

jlai
03-27-2010, 11:22 PM
And Paul Wylie!


Yes, but it worked well for Matt Savoie!

I was originally commenting on Rachael's option of deferring college and how suddenly focusing on skating and not having school may not work for some so very used to juggling between two things. Are you saying that focusing on skating and not school works for some?
Sounds like you guys are saying school and skating works together.

reese
03-27-2010, 11:28 PM
After these Olympics and Worlds, the writing's on the wall if she chooses to continue. She should run straight to college full-time. Saying that she's still clearly the #2 American lady going forward is not true; with two spots next year and one ostensibly going to Mirai, I don't see Rachael being gifted the PCS to grab the second one with the junior talent coming up-- Gao, Agnes-- and the more naturally talented and potentially higher-scoring Ashley Wagner.

Skittl1321
03-27-2010, 11:39 PM
I hope she goes to UCLA. ;P

Isn't it possible in the US to get an "individual schedule" of sorts so that you take less classes and spread them out over more years for example, so that you can still train and compete?

You can take internet based classes and even written correspondence, but most view that as not being the same as a "real" classroom based setting.

With the emphasis Rachel has put on academics, I expect she wants the "real" college experience, and even more likely will have a lab-based major, so she'd need to be in person, regular attendence.

As for number of classes- some schools require a full load, others will let you just take 1 class at a time and still be degree seeking. I expect the programs she's in expect at least a half-load. She didn't apply to slacker schools

Indra486
03-27-2010, 11:46 PM
I hope she goes to UCLA. ;P

Isn't it possible in the US to get an "individual schedule" of sorts so that you take less classes and spread them out over more years for example, so that you can still train and compete?

That's something that an individual can opt to. Skaters can choose to do part-time and online classes. I'm not sure how it's done with other schools but in NY public universities, part time is three classes at most (at least one). Regardless of how schools decide what part time is, depending on the graduation requirements, doing part-time will delay graduation because you are taking less class. Colleges usually recommend a minimum of credits to take (full-time) to graduate within the four years; that is if you're intending to seek a degree with a 4yr track.

However, if you're really hands on with school activities, like Rachael, you can't get the "full" college experience if you're not there attending full time classes and living in the dorms. Both can be important to Rachael; the college experience and competitive skating but balancing them out successfully is a rare feat to accomplish. Deferring is only good for a certain amount of time because the college can choose to withdraw their acceptance for an individual if they keep holding it off.

loopey
03-27-2010, 11:53 PM
...However, if you're really hands on with school activities, like Rachael, you can't get the "full" college experience if you're not there attending full time classes and living in the dorms. ...
Speaking as someone that thoroughly "enjoyed" my college days, it would be pretty hard to balance full time skating, full time studying, and full time socializing. My fear would be that the socializing would not get enough attention. :lol:

I joke, but college has fond memories. Even all-night study sessions with friends and cold pizza can put a smile on my face. It was a fun time in life!