My dd made a decision when she was in 9th grade. One I have discussed several times before. She told me that she would not be playing college softball so she could focus on academics. When she went to college she missed softball and was able to play club softball. The team went to 2 Nationals and her sophomore year she was second team All American. Once she got into this past year she was too busy for her to play any longer.
As a HS junior she picked the University she went to because it had the exact program she wanted. Its an articulated degree program where you go 3 years and then apply for the program. If you make it you stay in school for 2 more years and you finish up with both a bachelors and a masters degree. From what I remember they accept 9 students into this specific program.
She found out today that she made it. The decisions she made as a 14 year old and then as a 16 year old have paid off for her. When she is all done she will have a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering. She told me recently she wants to work on an artificial pancreas.
I couldn't be more proud of her then I am right now.