Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.
I am a firm believer in if you can't get it the old fashioned way, you don't need it.
If you have four years to complete your college education, do it.
As a 9th grader, I competed with the high school kids and out of 600 people, I finished 10th.
If I miss anything about the sport, it's the camaraderie of old teammates.