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Pause at the Release: Graduate School

Brooke Helmberger and Carly Schmidt
Brooke Helmberger and Carly Schmidt
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April 7, 2014

Tulsa, Okla. - Pause at the Release is our periodic feature in which we highlight the perspective of one of our student-athletes. In these articles, the athletes share their personal experiences as part of the Golden Hurricane team with our wonderful supporters and community members. Here, you'll find the backstage story on TU Women's Rowing, told through the eyes of the athletes themselves. Check back often to see updates from more of your favorite rowers and coxswains.

Pause and Release on Graduate School

We asked a couple of our seniors who recently found out they will be attending graduate school come fall, to share their thoughts.

"I am really excited to start PA school this fall at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. I have always wanted to pursue a medical profession, and being a Physician Assistant will give me the perfect opportunity to help and serve others in a personal way. I know that a lot of people, including myself, had several initial doubts about whether or not I would be able to take on such a challenging course load as an undergraduate student while being a full-time athlete.

"Strangely enough, in many ways, I think that being a member of the rowing team really helped me to achieve even more as a student. Rowing provided me with more structure in my schedule, and it pushed me to be more disciplined and focus on time management."

"As a student-athlete at TU, I was afforded many great academic opportunities such as personal advisors, tutoring services, and study hall facilities. Most importantly, being a part of such a close-knit team provided me with an incredible support network. I found that being a student-athlete on the rowing team was not only manageable, but exceedingly more rewarding than any other college experience I could have ever imagined for myself." - Brooke Helmberger

"Although I am really going to miss my Tulsa family (especially my teammates) when I head to PA school this fall, I look forward to being closer to home and spending more time with my younger sisters. I know that the skills and relationships that I have gained while being a member of the TU Women's Rowing Team will continue to impact all of my future endeavors and equip me for whatever lies ahead!"



"I knew that I wanted to go to graduate school for most of my time at Tulsa, but I had no idea what the actual process would be like until a few months ago. In December I completed all of my applications in full. I thought waiting for responses would be easy, and I was completely wrong. After all the time spent scrolling through grad school admissions blogs, and following some reassuring words from Natasha and the coaches, I could not have been more excited to receive an offer from Northern Arizona University at the beginning of March."

"At this point, the most nerve-wracking aspects of moving to Flagstaff, Ariz. in the fall is dealing with the transition from an undergraduate to a graduate academic structure and starting a new chapter of my life apart from my friends and teammates. If there is anything rowing at Tulsa has taught me, it is how to be adaptable in uncontrollable situations. I have had four years of experience of switching in and out of boats, complications on race day, practice schedule changes, etc. Although I sometimes find it difficult to move forward without a definitive plan, I am confident that I will come out of any unpredictable situation stronger and able to be more flexible."

"I applied to eight programs total, and my first acceptance ended up being my #1 choice. Beginning in the fall of 2014 I will be working toward a master's degree of Environmental Sciences & Policy at Northern Arizona University." - Carly Schmidt

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