In 2006, when I was 10-years-old, I used to play volleyball and do rhythmic gymnastics. In 2008, my practices for both sports were reschedule for the same time. This forced me to make a decision and select which sport I was going to do. I really enjoyed rhythmic gymnastics and almost stuck with it; however, for some reason I selected volleyball. Volleyball has given me the opportunity to come to the United States and play Division 1 college athletics at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Being a student athlete has given me the opportunity to experience different aspects of Georgia Tech. I think the best thing about my experience at Tech is the amazing people I have gotten to know over the past four years. I was lucky to make the friendships; I’ve met professionals from both academics and athletics that helped me when I need it most while also pushing me to reach my potentials.
During volleyball season, our team played every Friday and Sunday. The schedule alternated, and we would play one week away and the following at home. Whenever we were playing away, we would leave on Thursday night and not come back until very late Sunday night. This meant we would miss classes on Friday and would have to be ready for school Monday: we would have to be completely ready for tests, presentations or assignments. It takes a lot of time management to be able to do well in school and volleyball – something that gets better with time, but it was never easy. During off season, we would have 6 a.m. workouts four times a week, and then go to class and then practice in the afternoons. Our days would start at 6 a.m. and finish at 6 p.m., at which point the homework and test preparation could begin.
Georgia Tech is not an easy school, and doing it while playing volleyball at the highest level was not easy; however, the grind, hard work, and failures and successes have made me a much better and stronger person. It is easy for me to say now that there is nothing that someone can give me that I can't handle.
Life as a student-athlete at Georgia Tech definitely requires a lot of hard work, but in the end is all worth it.
I decided to come to the United States because I saw that it was unique from almost every other country. You can play sports and get a college education simultaneously. I wanted to keep playing volleyball, but getting a degree was also extremely important for me. I came to Tech because Michelle, the head coach, offered me a position on the volleyball team here. I did some research on the school and I thought it would be a great opportunity for me both on and off the court. I would be able to compete at a high level on the volleyball court, study at one of the best institutions in the world, and be in a great city. I started as an Industrial Engineering major; however, after going into my second semester, I realized that it wasn't the right major for me. I took that semester to consider other options, and after researching the Economics and International Affairs programs I knew it was a good fit for me.
I am not sure of what my career path is going to be, but I really enjoy traveling and I hope that in 10 years I will have travelled to at least 50 different countries.
Technology Facilitates Global Connections Overseas
The cellphone is my favorite technology. I love how you can have everything at your fingertips; there is almost nothing a phone can't do, and it makes you closer to people that you can't be with. I use my cellphone to stay in touch with my friends and family back in Brazil while living in a different country
I would say to keep up with current world events. I feel like almost every class I took, either economics or international affairs classes, were all somehow related to currents events. Read the news daily, pay attention to current events, or ask a friend about what happened the day before – it can really help you in many ways, but especially in becoming a better liberal arts student at Tech.
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