WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the eighth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 1-7) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and the surrounding community. GU is joining nearly 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.
Sophomore Juliana Bahan (Frederick, Md.) is a two-year letterwinner on the Bison women's basketball team. Bahan is a art and media design major and slated to graduate in 2021.
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
JB: Being a student-athlete in college is preparing me for life. I always have been a student-athlete. In high school, you have a routine every day, you did not have to surrender a lot of your time. It is definitely a different experience in college. You don’t have the same routine every day, you need to be dedicated and committed to the program while studying and doing your homework. I feel this is preparing me for the future, I should be able to handle different types of things being thrown at me. I will be able to multi-task easier. Not only that, being a college student-athlete gives me insight on how to support people and receiving support, when needed, and being on the same page with teammates, whose schedules and workload varies greatly. That’s why I feel being a student-athlete in college prepares and gives me tools for life.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
JB: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet University is one of the best opportunities I will ever have. The community is already small so I already have support, but it is nothing like the support coming from my teammates. In addition Gallaudet University is unique in that the classes are small (around 15 students), that gives me the chance of being in the same class with my teammates. That helps a lot because we remind each other to do our homework. This is an opportunity I am so lucky to have, thanks to Gallaudet University!
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
JB: My goal after graduation is to travel the world, meet deaf children all over. I aim to be an advocate for deaf children who are deprived of access to their native sign language. I also want to educate the world that ASL is a beautiful language and to remove language discrimination.
At what age did you begin playing basketball and how has it changed your life?
JB: I started playing basketball when I was a very young age around six years old. Playing basketball taught me fundamentals of teamwork, communication, and commitment. I learned to work and communicate with my teammates. You don’t necessarily have to sign out what you are saying to communicate with your teammates. By just passing them at the right timing is communicating and working with them. I understood that at a very young age, I believe it helped me with my ability to communicate and work with different people. I also learned how to be committed when I did not feel like or want to, it is all about mental discipline. Those three things basketball taught me at a very young age definitely helped shape me who I am today, for that I am thankful.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
NCAA Division III is comprised of more schools, teams and student-athletes than either Division I or Division II.
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 http://www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2019
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.