My experience allowed me to grow into myself and seek the best version of myself at that time.
School Pride, the networking and connections made. Life long friendships that can be made with teammates, professors, and or coaches. One of the toughest conferences you will be challenged by the best to be the best. You can have fun all while doing what you love and building a foundation for your future.
The academic and sport balance. Unlike regular students you are expected to perform in the classroom and in your sport. Based on the school it's easy to get caught up in the hype so stay focused.
Don't forget about the athletes that aren't champions. Coach and guide the athlete in sport and life. Great coached get invited to weddings and graduations for a reason.