What were some key reasons you decided to attend Guilford?
I was recruited to play lacrosse and chose Guilford because I loved the atmosphere of the team and coaches. Academically, Guilford was a great fit for me as well because they had the major I was interested in, sport management, and small class sizes. I enjoyed getting to know my professors on a first-name basis -the Quaker way- and was able to develop relationships with them, as well as my classmates.
What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as a student at Guilford?
The staff at Guilford really helped me to advance both in and out of the classroom. I was constantly pushed to do my best. Their connections in the Greensboro community and beyond allowed me to have internships at the Atlantic Coast Conference and Towson University. If it were not for the relationships I developed with my professors and Sports Information Director Dave Walters, I would not be where I am today.
What were some things about Guilford that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as an athlete?
I developed friendships with some of my teammates that I know will last a lifetime. They became my second family and the people I could lean on when things got tough. We pushed each other to be the best we could be on and off the field. When we felt like we were dying while running sprints at 7 a.m. we always cheered each other on and had each other’s backs. Their support and knowing that we were all in this together made me give 110 percent at every practice and every game.
What have you been up to since you left Guilford?
I am currently an athletics communications graduate assistant at the University of North Florida (UNF). Not only do I have my dream job, but I am also studying for a master’s of education in School Leadership with a focus in Athletic Administration. Part of my responsibilities as an athletic communications GA includes being the primary contact for cross country, track & field, and women’s tennis and the secondary contact for softball. I write all of the stories for these teams including features, game previews, and post-game stories. I also manage their social media accounts, create graphics, and keep track of stats and records.
How has Guilford prepared you for where you are today?
Having my work-study job in the Sports Information office at Guilford has helped me immensely at my new job. If it weren’t for that experience I wouldn’t be where I am today. I found a passion for sports information that led me to a whole new professional network of people throughout the country. It allowed me to smoothly transition from the Guilford community to a community of sports information directors and my new family in North Florida athletics.
What about your experience as a Guilford student-athlete has helped you the most?
My job revolves around telling the stories of the student-athletes at UNF. I am so thankful for my experience at Guilford because I am able to relate to the student-athletes. I understand what they could be going through between practices, games, academics, and their personal lives. It allows me to take more pride in sharing their stories and their progress on and off the field.
As a student-athlete, I juggled athletics, academics, internships, jobs, clubs, and so much more. It allowed me to effectively manage my time and prioritize. Currently, I have two other jobs besides my graduate assistantship, as well as, juggling my classes for my masters. It’s been a grind but I’ve done it before thanks to my experience as a student-athlete. It’s also one of the many reasons why I loved playing at the Division III level because I had the freedom to juggle all of those activities while playing the sport that I loved.
What do you miss most about Guilford?
I miss the people the most. After graduation, it was so hard saying goodbye to my teammates, coaches, and professors. They become your support for those four years and suddenly they’re not there anymore. I actually panicked a little when I realized I wasn’t sure when I would see my friends again because we all had different plans after graduation and everyone was moving away to start their post-grad lives. But, they’re not gone forever and thanks to technology I’m able to connect with them constantly and maintain those relationships.
What are your future plans?
I plan to graduate from UNF with my master’s in 2021. I hope to be in sports information as an assistant athletic communications director at another college or university. My dream would be to eventually land a job at a Power 5 school, but I’m open to any division, institution or conference.
What is one thing a high school student-athlete considering college needs to know?
Social media matters! Be aware of how you use social media and your digital footprint because coaches DO look at it. I’ve seen too many recruits lose offers because of the inappropriate things that they may post in high school because it was “cool” at the time. How you use social media continues throughout your college career and you always need to be aware that what you post represents you, your team, and the college/university.
Identify and describe one or two of your favorite moments or experiences while at Guilford.
One of my favorite memories is when my team traveled to Puerto Rico during my freshman year during spring break. We were “living the dream” that week while playing lacrosse and visiting San Juan. My teammates and I all bonded so much on that trip and it truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We had practice on an army base and in a baseball stadium. We went to the beach and explored the city while playing the game we loved.