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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Sabrina Hernandez

D3 Week Image: Sabrina Hernandez - Women's Soccer

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the seventh annual NCAA Division III Week (April 2-8) 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-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. Interviews were conducted by the Gallaudet Sports Information Office.

Freshman Sabrina Hernandez (Ashland, Va.) recently finished her first season on the Gallaudet women's soccer team. She is on track to graduate in May 2021 as she majors in Information Technology.

In My Own Words: Sabrina Hernandez

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
SH: To be a student-athlete in college is to experience a lot of hardships and sacrifices that you must make in order to do well in the sport and in classes. You must be able to have good time management, but also enjoy yourself with school activities so you don't feel left out. 

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
SH: Gallaudet University has given me many opportunities to be able to do both sports and school work. I love being able to do something I enjoy while pursuing my degree. Plus, being a Bison in a record-breaking season for soccer is pretty awesome and worth all of the hardships we had to go through. 

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
SH: My post-graduate plan is to work for the FBI or NASA to help build robotics components that the future may utilize, but to also create a better security system to prevent internet hacking. After few years of that, I want to focus more on the deaf community and create products based on the field of Robotics Engineering and IT that can help deaf people communicate with hearing people more fluidly. Finally, I want to build my own company and become the first deaf Robotics Engineer in the world. 

How do you apply what you learn on the field to everyday life, and/or school?
SH: What I learn on the field is teamwork, commitment, and challenges. You can never achieve anything you want in life without the team around you in any kind of field. Baseball, soccer, the workplace, and roommates are all the same when it comes to teamwork. Committing to something is a huge key of life. If you sign up for something that will last through the four years of college, you must be committed to finish those four years. Finally, hardships are a very common thing as a student-athlete, but also as a citizen too. You must be able to break down any barriers in facing challenges and just go with the flow of the situation. 

Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know that Division III is the NCAA's largest division (approximately 40 percent of total membership) with 451 total members.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Thursday: Jonathan Tikhonoff (Men's Swimming) | Sabrina Hernandez (Women's Soccer)
Wednesday: Michael Haynes (Men's Track and Field) | Fatuma Ali (Women's Cross Country)
Tuesday: Matthew Carcraft (Football) | Shakeedra Hubbard (Women's Basketball)
Monday: Ren Hohneke (Men's Cross Country) | Jana Kiefer (Women's Swimming)

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-2018.

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.