March 22, 2012
Amanda Kuhl is making strides on and off the track. One could say Kuhl, a track and field student-athlete, is driven to succeed.
"I want to graduate on a good note," Kuhl said. "I am really excited. This is my last year of undergrad, so I am putting in the extra time. My goals are to qualify for the Big East Championship and then place. Academically, I have a 4.0 this semester and I am on pace to graduate with honors."
With another year of eligibility left, Kuhl-a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-plans to graduate this spring and pursue a masters' degree in sports broadcasting and digital media with a related area in sports communication. As a communications major at Pitt, Kuhl has enrolled in 18 credits every semester. She also participated in a dual enrollment program accumulating 18 college credits from Wilkes University during her junior and senior years of high school.
"Taking 18 credits is a lot," Kuhl pointed out. "However, I learned to take advantage of academic support services for student-athletes and utilize all of the tools they have to keep me on track."
While Kuhl has enjoyed her time at Pitt, she eagerly looks forward to the next step: graduate school and life after college.
"I'm looking forward to having a full-time job, enjoying what I do and using what I learned here at Pitt to have a successful future in sports broadcasting," Kuhl commented. "I definitely want to go into sports broadcasting and work for a sports network while continuing to stay involved in the community."
In addition to her roles as a student and athlete, she recently served as an extra in the movie One Shot starring Tom Cruise. The movie was filmed in Pittsburgh and is expected to be released in February 2013.
"I earned a spot in two scenes with Tom Cruise," Kuhl exclaimed. "I was originally cast as an extra, but when I showed up the director told me and one other person to go to the front of the line. In one scene, it was only two actors - Tom Cruise and I. I was up close and personal! Those two days, I went to practice, class and then filmed downtown from 5 to 8 p.m."
Kuhl also interned with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season as a diversity initiatives intern in the community relations department.
"Interning with the Pirates was an awesome opportunity that peaked my interest in sports broadcasting," Kuhl said. "We had 90,000 free tickets to give to minority groups, so I was responsible for finding a minority group, reaching out to them and planning different awareness days at the ballpark. I would also take players to Pittsburgh Children's Hospital and schools in the area."
In addition to Kuhl's passion for sports, her internship with the Pirates allowed her an opportunity to work with and assist different organizations. As an active volunteer in the Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills program, Kuhl enjoys performing community service projects when her schedule allows it.
"The Cathy and John Pelusi Life Skills program allows all of the student-athletes at Pitt to get involved at various community events," Kuhl said. "We went on a Children's Hospital visit and I loved it so much that I signed up to volunteer once a week."
Being engaged in different enriching experiences and activities at Pitt made choosing just one memorable moment a challenge.
"I have had so many memorable experiences here at Pitt," Kuhl said. "One of the most memorable was meeting my team freshman year. Those are people that I am going to stay in touch with for the rest of my life. I was also on homecoming court this year and that was fun."