Student Athlete Highlight
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Being a student-athlete takes a lot of hard work and dedication, it’s like a lifestyle. The same routine everyday: wake up early and stay up late doing work. That’s what it is going to be like for Alexis Bengel as she is heading to play for the University of Pittsburgh Lady Panther’s soccer team next year. It was a pleasure being able to interview her and see what she had to say about her future as a Division One student Athlete. Here are a few of the questions I asked her:
What was it like during your recruiting process having schools talk to you about playing soccer for them?
It’s nerve wracking but also exciting when schools were talking to me because they thought i was good enough to play for their school
What do you think the difference will be attending a small school like Highlands and going to a big school like Pitt? Are you nervous about the change?
I think the biggest adjustment is going to be the class sizes. At Highlands you only have about 20-25 people per class but at Pitt the classes are much bigger and I’m just going to have to learn to adjust to it. I am nervous about a big school but I think it’s an exciting change.
Have you talked to or met any of your future teammates, that you’ll play with at Pitt?
Yes i know all of the girls in my recruiting class. We have a group message and I snapchat them.
How did playing for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds help you develop your game and prepare you for Division One soccer?
I think playing for the Riverhounds gave me confidence and skills that I needed to play division one.
The Highlands Girl’s Soccer team made it as far as they ever have this year. What was it like playing with this special group of girls?
My high school season was very fun this year. We played very well as a team and I enjoyed playing with them. We all got along really well this year and there wasn’t any drama within the team so it was fun.
What are the noticeable differences between playing for a school team and a travel team like the Riverhounds?
Playing for the riverhounds is just a much faster game and more competitive. The players are all going to top division one schools and we are constantly fighting to be the best players.
Just looking at your resume, it seems like you’re involved with a lot of activities like soccer, school work, and you’re the president of the National Honor Society. How do you do it?
To be able to do all these activities, you have to have good time management skills. I try and get everything I need to do for school done before I go to practice so that I’m not rushing to get things done.