HILLSBORO, Ore. - Linfield junior Anna Peckham (Seattle, Wash.) is featured in this week's NWC Student-Athlete Spotlight.
A junior on the women's soccer team, Peckham reflects on her experience with the team and notes her teammates as key components in her student-athlete experience by saying "I have really enjoyed my time as part of the Linfield women's soccer program. I love getting to play every day with my teammates and have the opportunity to compete at the college level. My teammates are the best, and they make soccer at Linfield so much fun."
Aside from soccer, she also works with a professor in the Biology department performing undergraduate research. "It has been really eye-opening and has helped me consider what I want to do after I graduate," said Peckham. "Doing research repeatedly confirms why I love my biology major and excites me for what the possibilities are in the future for a career." She also serves as a teacher's assistant in the Music department.
With a busy schedule, Peckham notes that time management and communication are two skills that she has developed as a student-athlete. "I had to learn very quickly how to balance school, sports, and work, and knowing how to get everything done in a time efficient manner is a necessity for a student athlete. Communication with professors and coaches is also key to managing your student-athlete life. If I'm going to miss class for soccer, or be late to soccer because of class, it is so important that I tell my coaches and professors, so I can be successful in the classroom and on the soccer field."
Peckham commented on her Division III experience, stating "being a Division III athlete means to me that I get the opportunity to represent my school playing the sport I love, but that I also can pursue academics at the same time," and says she is able to balance school, sports, work and other opportunities by participating in Division III.
"Anna is a model student-athlete: she balances science courses, a biology teaching assistantship and her busy sports schedule, all while taking leadership role as a Colloquium Peer Advisor," says Professor Johnandrew Slominski. "Congratulations to Anna on this well-deserved recognition!"
The Wildcats are currently in fifth place in NWC women's soccer standings and will face Pacific (Ore.) and Puget Sound in two conference matchups this weekend.
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