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Jan. 31, 2012

Nikki Caruso has always been interested in the medical field. She has had dreams of helping other athletes get back on the field following an injury, just as she had to experience with her own injuries.

“I suffered from a few injuries while playing softball,” Caruso said. “I want to be the person who helps others who get hurt playing sports, so that they can get back on the field.”

Hailing from Madison, N.J., Nikki was immediately drawn in by Pitt’s athletic and academic reputation.

“I know the softball program is on the rise and that academically Pitt has one of the top medical programs,” Caruso stated. “I’ve always wanted to do something in the medical field, so to have those two qualities come together is a perfect fit.”

The medical field didn’t just appeal to her through her own battle with injuries, but also by watching her older sister’s softball career come to an end due to an injury.

“My older sister, who also played collegiately, separated her shoulder and wasn’t able to play again,” Caruso noted. “That inspired me to help make sure other athletes don’t have to face that same situation.”

It’s immediately obvious that family is important to Caruso. She followed in her sister’s footsteps by choosing to focus on softball amidst the myriad of other sports she was involved in while growing up.

“I’ve played a lot of sports throughout my life,” Caruso noted. “Since my sister played softball and my father wanted me to play, it became my No. 1 sport. I wanted to make my family proud.”

Playing so many different sports has led Caruso to be a master of time management, which is needed with the increase in her workload as a pre-med student-athlete.

“I have more work now compared to high school,” Caruso added. “I’m making the needed adjustments thanks to the support from the team.”

Getting To Know The Freshmen: Nikki Caruso

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