This is an amazing time of the year for many high school athletes who are taking their official campus visits.
Last weekend (Oct. 18 & 19), one of the top 2020 softball players in the nation, infielder Erika Andal from Pembroke Pines, Florida, took hers to Boston College.
The standout senior for the Jersey Intensity—who we recently profiled—was one of five BC recruits on the trip and shared her experiences with us as the red carpet was rolled out for her and her future Eagles’ teammates!
Here is her report…
Written in large, gold, and glittery letters, my official visit to Boston College had been on my calendar ever since the day my coaches announced it.
October 18th was finally here and let me tell you, if smiles were dollars I would have had millions!
My official visit experience was educational, entertaining and truly remarkable. I was so thrilled to see the astonishing campus once again and meet my future teammates.
Of course, with that excitement, there were also copious amounts of nervousness running through my body. Worries such as “Will I fit in with the team?” “What if I get lost on campus?” or even “Will I be out of my comfort zone?” would cloud my mind over the excitement.
I was anxious on the plane ride over, but deep down, I knew everything would turn out great. And I’m happy to confidently say that everything turned out to be more than just great.
When my family and I landed on Friday, the coaches picked us up from the airport. They made us felt welcome right away and treated us as their families.
First, we attended The Eagle Eye Tour, a small seminar with current Boston College students who talked about their college experiences especially during the freshman year.
It was interesting to see their unique perspectives and how they were able to grow from them. Hearing them talk so highly of the school really amazed me and made me feel absolutely blessed and fortunate as a student athlete recruit.
As we toured the campus, I felt such gratitude to be able to go to such a top-ranking prestigious college and play the sports that I love since childhood.
Besides having incredibly stunning architectural buildings and foliage everywhere I looked, BC has an amazingly inviting community as well. The speakers from the seminar and the student-led tour guides all showed immense pride and genuine excitement towards the school’s facilities and educations as well.
Next, we had meetings with the Academic Advisor and also with the Student-Athlete Development Director. It felt great to feel so welcomed and so at ease knowing about the BC players’ academic support system.
Seeing as Boston College will be my “home away from home” for the next four years, I don’t feel hesitant at all to be staying at a place so far away and different from my home in South Florida.
*** Scroll down to read the rest of Erika’s trip to BC!