In addition to her mentors inside the classroom, Kelsey also found a great community as part of the women’s soccer team and the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Being a member of the women’s soccer team for four years allowed Kelsey to grow as an individual and become part of a forever family.
“Each member of the team has extended their hearts and hands in a way that is supportive, loving, and motivating in all aspects of life. My coaches, Steph, Asia, and Scott have become important mentors in my life and people I look up to!” Kelsey says.
Her time serving on the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee also helped Kelsey grow as a leader in the community, teaching her the importance of sharing her voice and opinion, while also respecting and listening to the opinions of others. “I have enjoyed being a part of a group of students who speak up for others and work toward making changes for the athletes at Guilford and changes in the D3 community,” she says.
As the end of the semester approaches, Kelsey is finalizing her senior thesis in partnership with Alli Jackson ’20, and she will receive Honors from the Sports Studies Department upon completion. She also recently received the Exercise Science Outstanding Student Departmental Award. After graduation, she is excited to pursue her passion for sports medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina to earn her doctorate in occupational therapy, with an interest in pediatrics.
“Attending Guilford College has allowed me to learn through adversity, appreciate the importance of community, and become more independent. I have become confident in my ability to reach my academic, career, and life goals due to my professors and advisers,” Kelsey says. “Guilford has played a role in who I am as a person today, and I will forever be grateful for this place I call home!”