#BaylorLights Profile: Gigi Mendoza

January 14, 2019
Gigi Mendoza
"My parents are both teachers, like my whole family. I wasn’t set on being a teacher. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but then I coached a special needs cheer team, and I loved that. Then one day I went to help my mom in her PE classroom, and I helped out with an adaptive PE class and fell in love with that.

"I get busy and stuff sometimes with [acrobatics & tumbling], so I miss class... I’m always like, ‘What did we do in class?’ and my classmates are so sweet: ‘We did this, do you want my notes?’ Even my teachers are super accommodating and super awesome. I feel so lucky to have such a good support system at school.

"And my coaches, I can’t praise them enough. Since I do have my internship, and it goes into practice, I was stressed out, really during the beginning of the year. I went to my coach and was like, crying. ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t want to miss practice, but I have to go to my internship.’ She was like, ‘Gigi, it’s going to work out -- you’re going to be fine. If you come to practice late, you’ll be okay. We’re going to figure it out.’

"She’s just super supportive. She always puts school first. My schedule has always been kind of like, kind of messed up. There’s not many of us, especially my major, and the special ed schedule is kind of weird. I have later classes and stuff like that, and she’s always worked with me and always been supportive and always been there for me and just very positive. You know when someone cares about you, and cares about you more than being an athlete, but as a person, too. The coaches just are always there for us, as an athlete but also as a person. I picked the right school, because there’s nothing like this place."

Gigi Mendoza
-- Senior special education major
-- Acrobatics & tumbling varsity athlete
-- Seal Beach, CA
-- One of thousands of #BaylorLights
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