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dc.contributor.authorClift, Bryan Christopher
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study is to explore how incoming freshmen on the women’s soccer team at a Division I university perceived and negotiated the transition from high school to college during their first semester. To date, athletes’ transitions to college have received little attention from the academic community. In-depth interviews were conducted in the spring of athletes’ first year and were informed by observation and participant journaling during their fall semester. Due to preseason training, which takes place before classes begin, and little coursework at the opening of the academic term, soccer developed as participants’ priority. School became important only after students realized dedication to coursework was necessary to achieve their desired performance in classes. Due to the required commitment to sport, participants viewed participation as both beneficial and detrimental to college experiences such as independence, self-development, maturation, and social engagement.
dc.subjectCollege athletes
dc.subjectCollege athletics
dc.subjectTransition to college
dc.subjectFirst year experiences
dc.subjectWomen and sport.
dc.title"The whole soccer package"
dc.title.alternativewomen's transitions into Division I college soccer
dc.description.departmentCounseling and Human Development
dc.description.majorRecreation and Leisure Studies
dc.description.advisorDiane M. Samdahl
dc.description.committeeDiane M. Samdahl
dc.description.committeeCorey W. Johnson
dc.description.committeeBilly Hawkins
dc.description.committeeDouglas A. Kleiber

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