Atiya Mansfield, class of 2017, played Varsity volleyball her senior year and was the winner of the 2017 Laker Award.
What year did you graduate from Southwest?
What position do you play?
What school do you go to? What team do you play for?
What do you like about playing volleyball in college?
I like being in a new state in getting to compete against girls that I haven’t competed against before.
What challenges do you face in being a student athlete?
Being a collegiate athlete is a lot harder than a high school athlete. Although you have less classes there are more assignments and your travel schedules are 25 minutes to three hours away. Also one of the biggest things is being away from home. You have to be self motivated In order to get stuff done.
Describe a “day in the life” of a college volleyball player.
That’s a hard one. It could range from waking up at five in the morning because I have a 6 AM practice to going to six hours of class and then having lifting and conditioning and practice. A day in the life of a collegiate athlete is chaotic but fulfilling.
Do you have any advice for an aspiring college athlete?
Biggest piece of advice is be confident. When you’re off in college you spend a lot of time with yourself. It’s better to be your own personal cheerleader than to second-guess your greatness.
Is there anything you’d like to say to the class of 2019?
Make your dreams come true, it starts now! I’m so happy for all of you congratulations!!
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