Feb. 29, 2012
Panther Profile: Alyssa Adrian
As a member of the women's gymnastics team, Alyssa Adrian understands the importance of keeping her head in the game. Off the floor, the junior all-arounder studies psychology and aspires to become a sports psychologist.
"I find it interesting that most sports on a collegiate level, including gymnastics, it's more mental than physical," Adrian said.
A self-proclaimed `huge sports fan,' Adrian has transferred her passion for athletics to the classroom. An honors student, she plans to pursue a master's degree in psychology with a concentration in sports psychology after graduating in 2013.
"There are so many opportunities associated with sports psychology," Adrian noted. "However, I'd like to work with the rehabilitation of injured athletes or the emotional aspect of sports and athletes."
Adrian understands the challenges of working through an injury. Unable to compete her freshman year due to a broken hand, she spent that summer rehabbing while taking challenging courses. Her hard work paid off as Adrian was selected to the 2011 EAGL All-Academic team and was a NACGC/W All-American Scholar Athlete. She also earned three top-three finishes on bars in 2011.
Adrian admits it can be tough to balance both academics and athletics while in season. What always helps is being prepared and having solid time management skills. Often, this includes waking up early to study before practice and class. Her coaches and teammates are equally as committed to school.
"Our coaches always remind us that we're students first, then athletes," Adrian stated. "Everyone on the team is focused and hard workers."
Studying during bus trips helped the gymnastics team earn Most Improved Team honors at the 2012 Scholar-Athletes Awards breakfast. With a 3.10 cumulative GPA, 13 members of the team achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher during the 2011 calendar year, including Adrian.
"I prefer to focus on fewer credits and do well than to have a ton of work and not earn the best grades," Adrian added "Taking classes during the summer to help lighten my load during the fall and spring semesters has really helped.
"I've learned from my experiences to take things year by year," Adrian continued. "I've been balancing school and gymnastics my whole life."