UConn’s student-athletes are often lauded for their on-field or on-court achievements, but there’s an equally important – often unseen – dimension to the student-athlete. UConn Today’s Student-Athlete Strong series highlights the academic prowess of selected high-achieving student-athletes and provides an inside look at their lives beyond their sport.
Student-Athlete Strong: Jack McLister
Tennis player Jack McLister says the biggest challenge he faces as a student-athlete is balancing classes with the team's travel schedule.
Student-Athlete Strong: Chris Winkel
To baseball player Chris Winkel, being a Husky is 'a mindset to embrace every obstacle ahead ... and overcome it.'
Student-Athlete Strong: Zaina Zaki
This graduating women's tennis player, who tried two different majors before settling on finance, says she would advise freshmen that 'It's okay to be unsure of what you want to do for the rest of your life.'
Student-Athlete Strong: Nabeel Khan
'Being a Husky means being a part of, embracing, and carrying on the traditions of UConn Nation,' says golfer Nabeel Khan '19 (ENG).
Student-Athlete Strong: Kiera Dalmass
Honors student and statistics major Kiera Dalmass '18 (CLAS) is graduating a year early, so she can work on a master's during her final year of eligibility in women's lacrosse.
Student-Athlete Strong: Monica Marcello
This nutritional sciences major and member of the Women's Diving team sees the benefits of good nutrition for academic and athletic performance alike.
Student-Athlete Strong: Julie Hu
Hu, a member of the Women's Swim Team, brings the same drive to succeed to her actuarial studies as she does to her sport.
Student-Athlete Strong: Matthew Dagenais
'Being a Husky ... is developing yourself to succeed in anything you put your mind to,' says Dagenais, a member of the Men's Swim Team and a civil engineering major.
Student-Athlete Strong: Ashley Rich
'Nothing compares to the feeling of celebrating a season’s worth of hard work,' says student-athlete Ashley Rich, a member of the National Championship field hockey team who also maintains a GPA of above 3.9.
Student-Athlete Strong: Courtney Akerley
'It is always made clear that we are students first and athletes second,' says high-achieving student-athlete Courtney Akerley of the Women's Cross Country team.