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

D3 Week Graphic - Taylor Nguyen (Women's Cross Country)

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 Taylor Nguyen (Ballwin, Mo.) is finishing up her second season with the Bison women's cross country team. Nguyen, is a biology major and is expected to graduate in 2021.

In My Own Words: Taylor Nguyen

What is it like to be student-athlete in college?
TN: Being a student-athlete in college is very challenging for me to manage my academics and athletics because it is a lot to balance. I am grateful to know how to keep track of my time management, eating healthy food, getting plenty of sleep and taking care of myself. I am working hard and keeping my grades up for school as well as maintaining my schedule and training for cross country and track and field. I have to put myself on the edge and focus on increasing my strength, speed and agility. I am doing my best to represent Gallaudet University, both as a student and an athlete.

What is like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
TN: Being a student-athlete has been a positive influence on my life. I’ve always loved to run because it helps me de-stress, improve my body health and makes me feel empowered and resilient.

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
TN: I am pursuing my goals to become orthodontic and be able to support the deaf community. I am also considering setting up my own business in the future, like YouTube DYE. Watch my YouTube videos when I develop it one day!

How do you mentally prepare yourself before a long-distance run?
TN: Even though it isn’t easy, I always push myself. I push myself physically and mentally, making sure I am in shape. I know my limits and I take care of my body making sure I am healthy. I always drink water every day with lemon, warm-up before a long-distance run and I always think positive.

Division III Week Fact of the Day
443 schools are active members of NCAA Division III.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
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 http://www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2019

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.