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

NC State Football Players at a game

Every January, a handful of student-athletes graduate early from high school and begin their collegiate journeys sooner than most of their peers. Transitioning from high school to college is challenging for any student, but starting in January instead of August presents 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?

BB: 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?

BD: 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?

BB: Introduction to Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT 152) or Introduction to University Education for Varsity Student-Athletes II (USC 104)

BD: Introduction to Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

What do you miss most about home?

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

BD: I miss seeing my brother and sister.

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

BD & BB (simultaneously): Game day!

Advice for next year’s mid-years?

BD: 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

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

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