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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words by Adham Talaat

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words by Adham Talaat

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the second annual NCAA Division III Week (April 8-14) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and surrounding community. GU is joining nearly 450 Division III institutions and 43 conferences in this week’s celebration.

To help focus on the many student-athletes that represent Gallaudet athletics we will spotlight a different student-athlete each day this week. You will learn more about them as they express their feelings on what it is like to be a Division III student-athlete here at Gallaudet.

Junior Adham Talaat (Springfield, Va.) is a member of the Gallaudet football team, an Academic All-American and recently received a prestigious National Capital Region Chapter Collegiate Scholarship. He is a physical education major with an emphasis in personal training on track to graduate in December 2013. Talaat’s career goal is to play professional football and has a back-up plan to be a personal trainer or a strength and conditioning coach.

In My Own Words: Adham Talaat

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
AT: Being a collegiate student-athlete is a unique and enjoyable experience. I enjoy learning and improving myself intellectually in my classes, as well as improving physically and athletically through football. It feels like every semester, every week, and every day I am being productive and bettering myself in multiple ways; shaping myself into the person I have become and will be in the future. I could not replicate this experience any other way. I am grateful and appreciative of being a student-athlete.

What is it like to be a student at Gallaudet University?
AT: Being a student at Gallaudet University is truly unlike any other institution of higher learning. There is a sense of belonging and self-improvement that I experience here that is not solely in the classroom, but in every other aspect of my life. At Gallaudet, I feel like I am surrounded with positive influences such as teachers, coaches, and fellow students, each of whom I continuously learn from and grow as an individual. They give me the tools I need to succeed; the rest is up to me to do the work to achieve it. As a result, I can feel myself maturing and truly working harder to accomplish goals I have set for myself. I push myself to go the extra mile to get things done the right way, rather than the easy way. Another quality that you can experience here at Gallaudet is the humility that people have. We have world-class coaches and former professional athletes working here at Gallaudet, but you would never know that by how they act. Everyone is so down-to-earth and helpful and encouraging to one another; it’s a wonderful environment.

You are an Academic All-American, how did you get to this point in your academic career and how proud are you for receiving that recognition?
AT: Of all my recognitions I’ve been blessed to receive thus far in my time as a collegiate student-athlete, this is by far my favorite, as well as the one I am most proud of receiving. It feels amazing to see my hard work and sacrifice pay off, both in the classroom and on the football field. When asked how I got to this point, the answer is simple: Keep your priorities in order and work hard. It will pay off. I kept my priorities in order by doing my academic assignments on-time and paying attention in class. Athletically, I worked hard at every opportunity I could in practice and in meetings. Part of maintaining your priority is knowing that sacrifices will have to be made in order to achieve a greater goal. My goal was, and is, to be the best I can be. I sacrifice my short-term wants for my long-term dream.

Division III Week Fact of the Day

Did you know Division III is allocated about $25 million for an operating budget for 2012-2013.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Monday: Andrew Biskupiak (Men's Volleyball)
Tuesday: Stephanie Weiss (Women's Basketball)