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.
Freshman middle hitter Brynn Schmidt (Bozeman Mont.) finished her first season with the women's volleyball team this past fall. Schmidt is on track to graduate in 2020 with a degree in accounting and is considering minoring in psychology.
In My Own Words: Brynn Schmidt
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
BS: Being a student-athlete in college requires good time management skills. It takes a lot of prioritizing, responsibility and self-motivation to succeed academically, athletically and socially while in college. Luckily, I was prepared well during high school since I took many college courses while playing both basketball and volleyball.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
BS: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet has been a unique experience for me. I am new to American Sign Language (ASL) so not only did I need to focus on my skills athletically, I had to learn ASL so I could communicate effectively. My teammates and coaches were very supportive in helping me feel welcomed and expanded my ASL knowledge both on and off the court.
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
BS: After graduation I hope to find full-time employment in the accounting field as a certified public accountant (CPA). I love math and working with people so I found a degree that could offer me both of what I value and enjoy in the workplace. I have really enjoyed living in a large city, since I am originally from a smaller community, so hopefully in the future I will live in a city that has many things to offer.
Can you tell us about what this experience has been like for you and how being a member of the women's volleyball team has influenced your performance in the classroom?
BS: Being a member of this volleyball team has influenced my performance in the classroom in a positive way. Due to the schedule I need to stick to for volleyball, I need to plan for times to study and do homework. While it can be frustrating to miss classes due to a game, I always find time to make-up the work, either on the bus rides or in the hotel rooms. I often find that I am actually ahead in my classes because I complete a lot of tasks quickly.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Undergraduate enrollments at Division III institutions can vary from 232 to 24,991
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words
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.
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.