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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Neha Balachandran

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Neha Balachandran

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 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.

Sophomore defender Neha Balachandran (Dayton, Ohio) has been a part of the women's soccer team for two seasons. Balachandran is on track to graduate in May 2019 with a B.A. in education with a specialization in early childhood education.

In My Own Words: Neha Balachandran

Headshot of Neha Balachandran What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
NB: I had never been a student-athlete before so experiencing this for the first time was a bit tough. I was a bit overwhelmed and stressed but as time went by, I became more used to it.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
NB: It's fun! I love how my coach implemented study tables so that we can have time to work on our homework or study for any upcoming exams. Gallaudet University is very supportive of student-athletes, which is awesome!

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
NB: After graduation, I would like to teach since my major is early childhood education. My goals are to travel and experience living in different cities in the U.S. or other countries and experience different cultures and hopefully teach at other schools in different parts of the world.

Can you tell us about what this experience has been like for you and how being a member of the soccer team has influenced and impacted your performance in the classroom?
NB: This experience has been beneficial for me in many ways. It taught me prioritization and time management because I would have practice in the mornings, followed by classes, then study table or workouts and conditioning. I needed to figure out when to do homework so that I could submit it on time. This experience has also taught me communication skills because I have to tell my teachers that I won’t be in class due to games I have that day, and my coaches on the field or off the field. These skills that I have gained are useful and I can apply them to my everyday life.

Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know that Division III student-athletes report greater involvement in volunteering. 

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

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