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

D3 Week Image: Hannah Carter - Softball

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 pitcher Hannah Carter (Dayton, Ohio) is in her first season on the Gallaudet softball team. She is majoring in psychology with a graduation date of 2021 or possibly even a year earlier in 2020.

In My Own Words: Hannah Carter

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
HC: It feels good to be student-athlete in college. I remember in high school that not many people made a huge deal about being an athlete. Here [in college] more instructors/professors and friends are supportive of you for playing sports!

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
HC: To be student-athlete at Gallaudet University is best feeling because I have teammates that communicate in the same language as myself. I certainly have no regrets being an athlete and student at the only Deaf university in the world. 

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
HC: I am set on attending graduate school for a master's in counseling, then getting a job in that field. I would also like to get a PhD in clinical psychology and establish a private practice for the Deaf community. 

What have you learned in balancing life, softball and school during your freshman year?
HC: I have learned so much about balancing things in my life. My daily planner has been my best friend the entire time. It was not easy at first, but when I got used to adjusting my schedule, it wasn't so bad anymore. To mitigate this type of challenge as freshman, you must be flexible. That was the key! Well, besides my planner. 

Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know that 74 percent of the NCAA Division III annual budget goes to support championships ($23.9 million)

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Friday: Devonte Ramsey (Men's Basketball) | Hannah Carter (Softball)
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.