WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the sixth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 3-9) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and surrounding community. GU is joining 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 two different student-athletes each day of the 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. Interviews were conducted by the Gallaudet Sports Information Office.
Junior distance runner Joshua Branscomb (Memphis, Tenn.) has been a member of the men's cross country team for three seasons. Branscomb is hoping to graduate this May with a bachelor's degree in art and media design.
In My Own Words: Joshua Branscomb
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
JB: Cross country was a big part of my life. I am on a great campus and there is a lot of things I can get involved with but time management is extremely important. There are regular pressures of being a student like studying for a big exam, adjusting to living alone and balancing time for a healthy social life.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
JB: My team and my coaches have inspired me to become not just a better athlete but a better person as well. I am also always juggling my commitments. I am involved in various activities around the community as a worker at campus activities and a member of Alpha Sigma Pi fraternity. I admit it is not easy but it is really worth it!
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
JB: My goal is to go to Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga., for graduate school. I am also considering moving to California to work for Pixar.
Can you tell us about what this experience has been like for you and how being a member of the men's cross country has influenced and impacted your performance in the classroom?
JB: First of all, I genuinely am thankful for Coach Byron Moore, who understands the importance of his job as a coach. He helped me to overcome the daily struggles of a being a college student. Coach Moore has dedicated a lot [to the program] so that everyone could achieve their goals. His hard work and dedication have inspired me to become more than I ever dreamed of. Thanks to Coach Moore and my teammates for pushing me to my limits and helping me step out of my comfort zone. Without them I would not be graduating and looking forward to a successful future.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
One in four Division III student-athletes report that they have or will study aboard during college (highest % of any division)
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words
Thursday: Joshua Branscomb (Men's Cross Country) | Courtney Thomas (Softball)
Wednesday: Xuan Lin (Men's Swimming and Diving) | Brynn Schmidt (Women's Volleyball)
Tuesday: Conrad Baer (Mens Soccer) | Faye Frez-Albrecht (Women's Swimming and Diving)
Monday: Cody Crace (Men's Basketball) | Neha Balachandran (Women's Soccer)
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 campus and the 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 http://www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2017.
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