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Division III Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Elina Rubinshteyn

D3 Week Graphic - Elina Rubinshteyn (Women's Volleyball)

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 Elina Rubinshteyn (Austin, Texas) completed her second season with the Gallaudet women's volleyball team. Rubinshteyn, an American Sign Language major, is on track to graduate in 2021.

In My Own Words: Elina Rubinshteyn

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
ER: The reality of being a college student-athlete is not all about fun. It is about multi-tasking with school and volleyball. Also, volleyball season lasts for 3-4 months but, the rest of the year I have to train to be in shape, eat healthy and workout 2-3 times a week and keep practicing in order to maintain my volleyball skills. 
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
ER: I am definitely grateful that I am part of the Gallaudet University women's volleyball team. I am grateful because I have teammates that communicate in the same language, no barriers. I am honored to play for the only Deaf University in the world.
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
ER: I have so many goals after graduation but I am set on graduate school for a master’s in public health science and art. I want to travel the world after I graduate college. I truly want to see the world more before settling in life. 
What have you learned from being on the Gallaudet University women's volleyball team and how has being on the team impacted your life here at GU?
ER: I learned the fact that high school volleyball and college is completely different. Playing with teammates that came from different schools, different states is tough, but we slowly started to form into one team that plays for the Gallaudet University. Definitely a unique challenge experience.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Student-athletes at NCAA Division III schools graduate at higher rates than other students at those schools. This difference is especially pronounced among DIII women.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Saturday: Shawn Daniels (Men's Basketball) | Jessica Monroe (Women’s Swimming)
Friday: Sean O’Callaghan (Men's Soccer) | Carina Dominguez-Can (Women's Track)
Thursday: Joesph Mendis (Football) | Sharon Castillo (Women’s Soccer)
Wednesday: Kai Christenberry (Men's Track) | Elizabeth Stern (Softball)
Tuesday: Cameron Upton (Baseball) | Taylor Nguyen (Women's Cross Country)
Monday: Rett Jala (Men’s Swimming) | Juliana Bahan (Women's Basketball)

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

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