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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Sofia Lindevall

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Sofia Lindevall
WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the fourth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 6-12) 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.

Senior Sofia Lindevall (Stockholm, Sweden) has been a Gallaudet student-athlete for four years, as a freshman on the women’s basketball team, and the last three years as a member of the women’s soccer team.

In My Own Words: Sofia Lindevall

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
SL: Being a student-athlete requires a lot of commitment both on and off the field, you are a full-time student and a full-time athlete at the same time so you are representing Gallaudet University in both academics and sports. It's challenging because you have to juggle practice schedules and traveling for games with classes. Sometimes it is not easy and you will face many obstacles but you get so much in return and the feeling of being part of the team, playing the sports you love, it is a honor and something I cherish every moment I am a part of it.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
SL: Gallaudet is the place to be! You get the opportunity to grow, experience new things and you will create great memories with lifelong friends you meet here. It is about grabbing every opportunity you have because college is a short chapter in your life. Being a student at Gallaudet University has opened many doors for me and pushed me to get out of my comfort zone. I would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for Gallaudet.

You’re an international student from Sweden, what has your experience been like here at Gallaudet and how has being a student-athlete helped you to transition and grow?
SL:  Before I came here, I wanted to go for only a year to experience and learn something new. But it led to me staying here longer than expected and now I am about to get my degree in May. 

My experience here as an international student has not been easy because we have to deal with the paperwork back home for the financial support and we have to stay in good academic standing in order to continue our education here. But it was never a barrier for me because with my determination, passion and hard work, it did pay off. I grew up with the passion to always go for my dreams and never give up on them. I joined a different sport, soccer, even though I didn't grow up with it, basketball was my sport back at home. I was involved in as many activities as possible and Gallaudet gave me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone. That's how you'll grow and learn more about yourself. It has been an incredible journey since my first year here and I am looking forward to graduating with pride as a student-athlete from Gallaudet University.

Division III Week Fact of the Day

Did you know Division III has sponsored 14 women's and 14 men's championship sports.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Friday: Abdiel Davila-Cruz (Men's Swimming) | Ivy Sahneyah (Women's Cross Country)
Thursday: Mitchell Bensman (Baseball) | Leslye Kang (Women's Basketball)
Wednesday: Todd Collins (Football) | Lindsay Corthell (Women's Track and Field)
Tuesday: John Isaacson (Men's Track and Field) | Kristi Luna (Softball)
Monday: Todd Bonheyo (Men's Basketball) | Brianna Stroud-Williams (Women's Swimming and Diving)

About Division III Week
Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement. For more information log onto www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2015.

About Gallaudet
Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world. For more information about Gallaudet University please log onto www.gallaudet.edu.