Figuring out which college to attend is a tough enough choice for a student, the pressures of standardized testing, thoughts on possible fields to pursue, and also the little task of graduating high school in the first place, can all weight heavy on the mind.

It is a decision that a student-athlete has an added pressure that many typical student will not face — which school is the best for their future in both athletics and academics.

But there are some like Staples senior and Saugatuck rower Brooke Schwab, who knew that Boston College was where she belonged.

“The biggest reason for choosing Boston College was that it had always be my dream school,” Schwab said. “I had looked at other schools but none made me feel the way that BC did.”

While also having the added bonus of her father being the founding member of the men’s crew team in 1987, earning the opportunity to compete at the ideal school came can make the transition into higher learning a smooth one.

But it is not always as easy as it was for Schwab, because even when it works out as planned, the road is not without its stresses.

“The most difficult part was trusting the process and knowing that it would all work out in the end,” Schwab said. “I struggled a lot with my testing, but continued to keep my head down and work hard every day at practice knowing there would be a payoff.”

Thanks to that hard work of Schwab, and all other student-athletes that achieved their dream of playing at the next level, the stressful process was worth it.

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