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Student-Athlete Strong

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.

Jack McLister in a class at Oak Hall on April 26, 2018. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

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.

Baseball player Chris Winkel ‘20 (BUS), right, talks with teaching assistant Jungang Li during a Calculus for Business and Economics class in Monteith. To Winkel, being a Husky is having 'a mindset to embrace every obstacle ahead ... and overcome it.' (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

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, Zaina Zaki ’18 (BUS) listens to a lecture on financial risk management by finance professor Shantaram Hegde in the School of Business. Zaki tried two different majors before settling on finance. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

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 Nabeel Khan ‘19 (ENG) listens to a lecture on heat transfer in Laurel Hall. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

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).

Kiera Dalmass '19 (CLAS) at a mathematical statistics class on April 11, 2018. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

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 Monica Marcello ’18 (CAHNR) listening to a Medical Therapy Nutrition lecture by Professor Nancy Rodriguez in the Engineering II Building on Feb. 28, 2018. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

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 Julie Hu ’19 (CLAS) listening to a finance lecture by assistant professor Cristian Pinto-Gutierre in the School of Business on Feb. 21, 2018. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

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.

(left) Men's swimming student athlete: Matt Dagenais ‘19 (ENG) in his Computer Aided Design class at the School of Engineering's Castleman Building on Feb. 20, 2018. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

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.

Ashley Rich '20 (NUR) speaks with a classmate during a nursing class at the Carolyn Ladd Widmer Wing of Storrs Hall on Feb. 1, 2018. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

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 Courtney Akerley ‘19 (CLAS) meets with her academic adviser, Lindsay Darcy, in Hall Dorm. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

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.

Student-athlete Gabby Williams, Women’s Basketball on Dec. 5, 2017. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Gabby Williams

Being a Husky means 'it’s a responsibility to hold myself a certain way and represent the University with pride and class.'

Student-athlete Mamadou Diarra, Men’s Basketball, in a History of Immigrants course taught by assistant professor Jason Chang at the Asian American Cultural Center on Dec. 7, 2017. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Mamadou Diarra

'It’s an honor to be a Husky. There’s been a ton of tradition passed down through generations, and just being able to represent this university is an amazing feeling.'

Student-athlete Foluronso ‘Foley’ Fatukasi, Football , writing a paper in the study lounge of the Burton Football Complex. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Foley Fatukasi

'To me, being a Husky represents a conquering mindset to overcome any obstacle we face,' says Fatukasi.

Student-athlete Tosin Adeniyi ’18 (BUS), Women’s Volleyball, talks with her advisor, Ingrid Hohmann. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Tosin Adeniyi

'I am one of the luckiest girls to have received such an amazing education and college experience through volleyball.'

Student-athlete Heidi Druehl, Women’s Soccer, speaks with her academic counselor Ingrid Hohmann about an upcoming exam she will need to take while traveling with the team. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Heidi Druehl

'UConn has helped shape my life by allowing me to find my real passion.'

'Being a Husky teaches you how to be a better person – not just on campus, but for the rest of your life,' says Randazzo, an undergraduate researcher in the lab of Professor Joseph LoTurco and a student in the Special Program in Medicine as well as an athlete on the Women's Track team. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Ericka Randazzo

'Being a Husky teaches you how to be a better person – not just on campus, but for the rest of your life,' says Randazzo, a student in the Special Program in Medicine as well as an athlete on the Women's Track team.

Scott Levene '17 (BUS), Men's Soccer Goalkeeper, attends a COMM 1000 lecture in Laurel Hall. Levene, who says he dreamed of being a UConn Husky since he was 5 years old, excels in the classroom as well as on the field. (Garrett Spahn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Scott Levene

The goalkeeper for Men's Soccer, who says he dreamed of being a UConn Husky since he was 5 years old, excels in the classroom as well as on the field.

Junior defensive end Luke Carrezola. (Bob Stowell for UConn)

UConn Football Profile: Luke Carrezola

Meet junior defensive end Luke Carrezola of Langhorne, Pa., who is in his second year as a starter for the Huskies. The video is part of a series of UConn Football profiles.

Student-athlete Kennedy Meier in a biology lab on March 23, 2016. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Kennedy Meier

The Husky swimmer and Babbidge Scholar says one of the biggest challenges student-athletes face is keeping up with academic work while traveling.

Student-athlete Greg Baliko (Men’s Swimming) in class on March 8, 2016. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Greg Baliko

The Academic All-American swimmer says learning to balance the demands of a varsity sport with a full class load has to start during freshman year.

Student-athlete Ryan Radue '15 (BUS) (baseball) studying on Feb. 18, 2016. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Ryan Radue

To baseball pitcher Ryan Radue, whose team supported him through cancer treatment, being a Husky means being part of a tight-knit family.

Student-athlete Morgan Tuck in an introduction to sports communication class in Gentry Building on Feb. 17, 2016. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Morgan Tuck

For women's basketball forward and business student Morgan Tuck, being a Husky means being great in basketball, life, and school.

Student-athlete Nnamdi Amilo, men’s basketball studying at the Homer Babbidge library on Jan. 26, 2016. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Nnamdi Amilo

Men's basketball forward and pre-med student Nnamdi Amilo says the lessons he’s learned as a Husky will help him well beyond his time at UConn.

Student-athlete Kyle Huson studying at the Homer Babbidge Library on Jan. 12, 2016. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Kyle Huson

For ice hockey player Kyle Huson, to be a Husky is to be part of an outstanding athletic and academic tradition.

Student-athlete Margaret Zimmer in a biology lab on Dec. 11, 2015. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Margaret Zimmer

Zimmer, a member of the Women's Ice Hockey team, says UConn Athletics creates a culture that values the 'student' half of student-athlete.

Student-athlete Laura Webster in class. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Laura Webster

Webster is earning two degrees – in psychology and business – as well as competing on the rowing team.

Student-athlete Istvan Kanyo, a walk-on defense player on the men's soccer team, in class on Nov. 18, 2015. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Istvan Kanyo

For Istvan Kanyo, Honors student, soccer player, and aspiring orthopedist, being a Husky means taking pride in all aspects of life.

Anna Middendorf, right, gives a presentation during a human rights class taught by Professor Shareen Hertel in Oak Hall. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Anna Middendorf

The field hockey midfielder from Germany says UConn Athletics has an excellent academic support system.

Wyatt Million, men's cross country and track athlete, in a biology class taught by Professor Eric Schultz. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Wyatt Million

Track and cross country athlete Wyatt Million says he holds himself to high standards both in running and in school.

Emily Armstrong, second from left, in a class on Sept. 17, 2015. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-Athlete Strong: Emily Armstrong

'Being a Husky means taking the competitive edge acquired on the field and bringing it into the classroom.' – Emily Armstrong '16 (ED)