Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

-Calvin Coolidge

What's my Story?

      I am a Spartan from Michigan State University (MSU) from many angles. I was a gymnast, a graduate, and an employee of the green and white city. I'm originally from a small country town; Richmond, Michigan.
     I came to MSU because I received a spot on the gymnastics team in 2010. After a year of two surgeries and countless hours of therapy, I chose to retire. By separating myself from the athletic world, I was able to focus on my education.
     In my sophomore year, I decided to pursue psychology. I wanted to focus on child psychology. To enhance my resume, I participated in Dr. Kelly Mix's Cognitive Development Lab. We examined if spatial recognition was connected to a child's math abilities. After two years in the lab, I realized two things. I first found a love for research and I decided I didn't want to work with children in a lab setting.
      The world of athletics still haunted and pulled at my soul. Upon graduation, my desire changed towards sports psychology. After failing to be accepted into a PhD program, I searched for alternative routes that would provide a bridge to my desired program. I stumbled across the MSU Masters of Education Program. The program gave me the option to partake in the concentration of sport leadership and coaching.

          Unexpectedly, I found a new love through this program. I experienced a side of education that sparked a fire inside of me.

 

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I had two conflicting career paths pulling me in multiple directions. Through my second failed attempt at applying towards a PhD program, I realized I needed a combination of working within academics and with athletes.

     My new path began to form when learning I could become an athletic academic advisor. I feel a connection with athletes when it comes to the stresses they face physically and academically. My acquired education has driven me to pursue a career where I can apply my understandings of higher education and utilize my interpersonal skills to help collegiate athletes attain their academic and professional goals. My direction is shifting consistently, but I feel goals are always a moving target and tend to change. A concept I learned through this journey is that I should embrace change.

 

 


The biggest lesson life has taught me is no matter what is thrown at you, just keep putting one foot in front of the other; you'll end up where you're supposed to be. My old coaches used to tell me to trust the process and no matter how long and frustrating it may be.

 

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