Mid-year Freshman Student-Athletes: Transitioning from High School to College

Article photoEvery January, a handful of student-athletes graduate early from high school and start their collegiate journey earlier than most of their peers. Transitioning from high school to college is challenging for any student, but starting in January instead of August posts its own set of unique adversities.

Bryce Banks and Bryce Dixon, both mid-year student-athletes on the football team, shed light on what their transition has been like over the past month:

Where are you from and what position(s) do you play?

Bryce Banks: Columbia, Missouri; cornerback

Bryce Dixon: Cary, NC; tight end

Why did you choose to graduate early?

Bryce Banks: I thought it would set me up better academically so I can potentially graduate early. Getting a head start now can help me in the long run.

What has been your most difficult transition?

Bryce Dixon: The speed of class work and the structure. Our lives are very scheduled so it has taken some time to adjust to it.

What’s your favorite class so far?

Bryce Banks: PRT 152 or USC

Bryce Dixon: PRT 152

What do you miss most about home?

Bryce Banks: I miss my friends the most and the relationships I built with people.

Bryce Dixon: I miss seeing my brother and sister.

What are you most looking forward to as part of the Wolfpack?

Bryce Dixon & Bryce Banks (simultaneously): Game day!

Advice for next year’s mid-years?

Bryce Dixon: Get in shape physically and learn how to study and manage your classes on your own. Start taking academic responsibility and build strong study habits

Bryce Banks:  No matter how hard you prepare for the work outs…you’re still going to be behind. Also, learn how to utilize your time.

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