I’ve met some very amazing people in my life, and there are some that I want to keep a little closer to me. These are people that helped shape who I am today, and most importantly, they’re friends! I find the best role models aren’t celebrities or other famous figures, but rather people that I encounter daily.
In sports, there are a few people who really helped push me and shared how they love the sport of running. Macala Fifield, my teammate from high school who I’ve mentioned before, is probably the biggest reason I decided to pursue college athletics. I still talk to Macala whenever I’m in a slump, and just hear about how her season is doing. Her confidence is extremely admirable in a sport that really tries to wear you down everyday.
Here at Saint Martin’s, I met two teammates that really stand out to me as role models. Shannon Porter and Nathan Morgan. You’ve probably heard about Shannon from her incredible accomplishments on the track. She’s our premier distance runner, a GNAC conference champion, multiple school record holder, and an All-American. With this resume and talent, you’d expect her to be a fairly intense person. In reality, she’s on another level of kind and friendly, and loves to be with her team, and we love her too! While I’m not expecting All-American honors, she is someone I look up to because of her ability to stay grounded to those closest to her, and stay positive and smiling every time I see her.
Nathan Morgan graduated last year, but I haven’t forgot the way he found a way to keep talking during the hardest workouts and push me when I really needed it. I also was able to connect with him via our shared love of cross country skiing. Nathan has taught me to find what you love and hold on to it. I think Nathan is a person who really knows who he is, and the kind of person he wants to be in life, and I’m so glad to have spent a year with him at SMU.
There are also some people that have helped me through my journey to find a career. In high school, my great friend, Emily Sexton, pushed me into my first student government meeting which was a domino effect that would essentially steer the rest of my years in high school. She encouraged me to get involved on the state level, giving me my first experiences in public relations and marketing. Emily is still a close friend and I expect great successes from her in life.
Finally, one last role model who I met here at Saint Martin’s. She should sound familiar because she’s also on the social squad! Sarah Salvatori was one of the first people I met during my freshman year. I asked her for advice about choosing a major/minor and she met with me and answered all of the questions I had for her. Now I’m lucky enough to work in the same office, and I continue to learn from her. Sarah continues to show how to be professional, but express how much she enjoys her work, though her work! We will really miss her in the office when she is gone next year.
Role models come from all corners of life, and once you find one, don’t let them go! Be sure to let them know what they mean to you. Who knows, you might be a role model yourself!
Thanks for reading,