I have always been a dreamer.
I was born and raised in small town Nebraska where I fell in love with everything Cornhuskers. I grew up attending many Nebraska Women’s Basketball games hoping to one day be a Division I basketball player. From 2010 to 2015, I lived out my dream in a Drake University uniform.
I am an aspiring sports-related professional currently working in athletics communications at Northern Arizona University while pursing my Masters in Communications Studies. I graduated in December 2014 with my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Drake University where I majored in Management and Public Relations. My experiences as both a student and collegiate athlete have significantly shaped my work ethic, passion and character as a young professional.
While many college students invested their time into jobs and internships over their four years, I had a rather different experience. My working experience ranges from writing for the school newspaper, serving as a student ambassador for a nonprofit called Team IMPACT and interning for the Iowa State Fair. While I have gained a lot from my job experiences, there is much to be said for the growth that comes from being a Division I athlete.
My biggest takeaway from playing basketball at Drake can be summed up in two words: team first. After overcoming a season-ending knee injury my freshman year, with the chance to observe from the outside in, I learned there are many working parts of a team that produce positive results. One person’s strengths combat another person’s weaknesses- and every individual player brings something unique to the table.
Team success is far greater than any individual statistic, which in my mind translates perfectly into the real world. Buying into a mission, to make a company or the people around you better, can make a world of difference.
So the dreaming continues.