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The Baylor Impact
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In the F1rst Person

Sophia Young, BSEd 2006

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Why basketball? Why Baylor University? Why the teacher education program? There is one answer to all of these questions—God has a plan for my life. What other could there be for how a young girl, raised in St. Vincent, The Grenadines, West Indies, might be afforded the opportunity to come to the United States, play on a NCAA National Champions women's basketball team, graduate from Baylor University with a teaching certificate, and play professional basketball for the San Antonio Stars?

I started playing basketball at Evangel Christian Academy, in Shreveport, LA when I came to America as an exchange student at age 15. It was a tough experience leaving my family, friends, and everything that I knew to come to a place that I did not know much about; but, I felt in my heart it was what I was supposed to do. God had a plan for me, and all I could do was follow Him blindly. I did, and I am still amazed when I look at my past and consider the experiences and opportunities He has provided me. With a grateful heart, I give the credit and the praise to God because He has always been there with me and for me, through the triumphs as well as during the times when I didn't understand what was happening in my life.

God led me to Baylor University. My years at Baylor were the best four years of my life so far. Being at Baylor, in an environment with so many who are passionate for God, was very helpful in my development as a person and as a Christian. What I enjoyed most about my classes at Baylor was how small and personal they were. As an athlete, I traveled a lot, missing classes as I represented Baylor in women's basketball; but, I had wonderful professors who took time to work with me on their days off and met with me outside of class to provide individual instruction. Numerous examples of this kind of support come to mind as I reflect on my time at Baylor. I remember specifically one instructor who, the year we won the National Championship, emailed me constantly to make sure I would not fall behind and stayed to work with me after class so that I had sufficient understanding of the material. When I was taking the teacher certification test, my intern supervisor, Mrs. Krys Goree, made time in her schedule to work with me one-on-one, making sure that I was prepared. I love her for that. Her flexibility and her being there for me throughout my internship meant the world to me. There are many professors at Baylor who are like this. They pride themselves in making sure that students succeed.

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In addition, the teacher education program educated me about LIFE. Some of the classes I took—especially my internship—opened my eyes to see what goes on in the world apart from the protective shell in which I lived. Being in the public school classroom for an entire year had a tremendous impact on my knowledge and skills for teaching. It also taught me to be more open and receptive to people and their struggles, which has helped me to be a better person.

I currently play in the WNBA for the San Antonio Silver Stars. I enjoy my job, and I love being two hours away from Waco so I can return to visit my school often. I have found that many athletes tend to believe that their careers are going to last forever. Fortunately, I have been mentored by veteran players on my team in San Antonio who have helped me understand that lengthy careers in the WNBA are infrequent. With that said, I am currently enrolled in online courses to attain my masters degree in psychology. Ultimately, I want to work with children who have been abused, helping them realize that they can have a better life, reach their goals, and make a positive difference in the world. I am also interested in pursuing a career in sports psychology. I think either career path would be fulfilling.

I believe that my four years at Baylor prepared me to handle whatever life has in store for me. I have become the person I am because of my time at Baylor University—particularly my experiences as a Baylor athlete and in the teacher education program. Knowledge is one of the main ingredients in realizing goals. I in no way presume that my life is an inspiration to others; I simply try to align my decisions and actions with God's teachings. The Bible says, “When your life pleases God, even your enemies are at peace with you.” Proverbs 16:7


In This Issue

•  Welcome
•  In the F1rst Person: Sophia Young
•  First NIH Grant for SOE
•  HHPR Program Receives Re-accreditation
•  HESA Charters Graduate Student Organization
•  A Lifelong Love of Education
•  Impact Tomorrow
•  Vol4 No4 PDF

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