CATCHING UP WITH SAVANNAH YALE '19

CATCHING UP WITH SAVANNAH YALE '19

What were some key reasons you decided to attend Guilford?

I was originally interested in Guilford’s science programs. I wanted to go into forensics and I liked the opportunities that Guilford provided through their programs. Although I changed my major and career path along the way, I enjoyed forensics as a minor and it was very beneficial for my criminal justice major. It has also provided a helpful background for law school since I have a desire to pursue criminal law.

What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as a student at Guilford?

I was blessed to be a part of many different academic programs at Guilford. While the responsibilities and assignments were taxing, I was able to appreciate the time and sacrifices that made me a better student in the end. Writing my thesis for the Honors Program, completing an internship as a Principled Problem Solving Scholar, working as a tutor in the Learning Commons and serving as a TA in the Biology department are a few of the opportunities that furthered my success at Guilford.

What were some things about Guilford that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as an athlete?

One of the main reasons I chose Guilford was for the opportunity it provided for me to be a student first and an athlete second. While softball has been a great blessing over the years I knew that chapter would be closing at the end of those four years but my career would just be starting. I wanted an atmosphere that would allow me to start the next chapter well while enjoying the time I had left in the sport. Guilford allowed me to find somewhat of a balance for both. Looking back I can see that the moments of success when it comes to wins were sweet but the things I value and miss are the relationships.

What have you been up to since you left Guilford?

I’m currently in my first year of law school at Elon University School of Law.

How has Guilford prepared you for where you are today?

I can truly say that the mentors, advisors, and professors I had in my major made a world of difference in my education, both during my time at Guilford and leading me to Elon. I was awarded scholarships and an internship that was crucial for my decision-making process and acceptance for law school. I still keep in touch with a number of them and enjoyed working with them.

What about your experience as a Guilford student-athlete has helped you the most?

Being a part of a team teaches you how to lead but also how to take a back seat when needed and be a team player. Both of those skills have helped me in my personal life as well as academically and professionally.

What do you miss most about Guilford?

I miss certain things about Guilford but the thing that really sticks out in all of those things is the people I did them with. I can go visit campus anytime but I miss being around the team. I still keep in touch with a lot of them and look forward to all their future success as well.

What are your future plans?

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to do a few internships thus far and have enjoyed figuring out which avenue I would like to pursue after graduation. I’m leaning towards criminal law right now. I will start the application process for my next summer internship at the end of this year and my residency will follow that during my 2L year at Elon. I look forward to what God has in store for both of those.

What is one thing a high school student-athlete considering college needs to know?

Deciding where to attend college as a student-athlete is a lot like dating - not every offer is a good one and looks can be deceiving. You will be the one going to the workouts, games, and practices. Make sure you pick the school that is a good fit for you and not simply a good look for you. Don’t get caught up in the division of the school, what other people will think, or where your friends are going. At the end of the day, you will go to class and practices no matter where you go, make sure you pick the school that is a good fit for your specific goals.

Identify and describe one or two of your favorite moments or experiences while at Guilford.

I could list so many different moments but one moment that really stuck with me was a morning practice at the field my senior year. It was a week where the wins weren’t coming and everyone was frustrated. We got to practice that morning and we ended up never actually practicing softball. The conversation we had that morning was more beneficial than a practice. We talked about the things that needed to be addressed but also talked about how we were all feeling that week. Players and coaches both discussed things they were facing on and off the field that had been a heavy weight to carry. We all walked away with a different perspective than we came with. It served as a good reminder that we all walk in the classroom or on the field carrying something, usually that others know nothing about. While we were there to win games it was about more than wins and losses that day.

- Savannah Yale '19