Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Sarah Crom ’14

Sarah Crom ’14Majors: Economics and Hispanic studies

Sport: Tennis

Extra points: VUJ (Voices United to Jam), preceptor

Success on the court: Reaching the goals I set for myself and with my team at the beginning of our season, as well as knowing that I have improved my game and contributed to the overall successes of the team. My desire to do well contributes to my success, and most importantly, the support I get from my family and team members.

Success in the classroom: Academic success means working hard to reach my goals, growing on a personal and academic level, and knowing that I did my best at the end of the semester. Obviously, good grades as a consequence of those things are part of the success.

The winning combination: Determination to do well, my organizational and time-management skills, and the support I get from my parents, professors and teammates. Not letting my academics influence my performance as an athlete and vice versa.

Emily Chick ’14

Emily Chick ’14Major: Hispanic studies

Sport: Field hockey

Extra points: Worked with Amnesty International

Success on the field: It’s all about personal improvement, doing the best you can and being a team player. Personal improvement is key to any player’s success. It doesn’t matter how good you are, you can always get better. As an athlete, I always hold myself to my own highest standards and consider it my job to be the best I can be.

Success in the classroom: Academic success isn’t just about the grades. Being academically successful means learning the material and working hard outside of class so that you hand in your best work. Most of the focus in college is on grades, but what’s really important is learning and understanding the material we’re being taught.

The winning combination: For me, what it takes to succeed in sports and what it takes to succeed in the classroom are practically the same. It’s all about being self-driven to do your best and being challenged by those around you. Whether it’s on the field or in the classroom, you have to work hard. Not many people realize the time commitment that comes with being an athlete. At least two hours every day is committed to sports, more when you factor in games. When you add this to the already heavy workload at a prestigious school like Wheaton, you tend to run out of time to fit everything in during the day.