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The college search process can be both long and arduous for a high school student.
Fortunately, Ledyard junior Michelle Klinikowski doesn't have to worry about that.
Klinikowski, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter, gave a verbal commitment to play volleyball at Boston College on Tuesday.
"I was looking at (some colleges), but I hadn't gone on any visits," Klinikowski said. "I was in touch with some, but not really a lot."
Boston College contacted Klinikowski in January, and she visited three weeks ago. Both the school and the city made for an easy decision.
"I really liked it," said Klinikowski, who also plays basketball for the Colonels. "I liked the team. The campus is beautiful. The coach (Chris Campbell) is great.
"They have a nursing program which I'm really interested in. I'm thinking about a bachelor's (degree) in psychology, and then a two-year accelerated program for my masters. It'll be good to be able to do clinicals in Boston."
Klinikowski was The Day's 2013 All-Area Volleyball Player of the Year. She helped the Colonels win the Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division title in their first year in that division, and paced them to their first ECC tournament title since 2001. She had a team-high 256 kills.
Klinikowski was also selected to The Day's 2012 All-Area volleyball team after helping Ledyard win the CIAC Class M championship, the first state title in program history.
Boston College finished 9-23 last season and plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Klinikowski will get to travel to the likes of Clemson, Duke, Florida State and Louisville, as well as getting a free education and playing Division I volleyball.
"I'm very excited," Klinikowski said. "I love traveling, so it'll definitely be fun, and with a team."