Recently I started my masters program and for me that is a huge deal. School for me was never a priority growing up, but I had to change that once I became an athlete. I wasn’t the greatest at it and my early childhood education failed me. I was very ADD and I know I wasn’t ever diagnosed but focusing for me was super hard as a kid. I loved to socialize and enjoy the people around me, which got me lost in subjects I needed to understand. Now, compared to when I was in high school or college, I appreciate learning and trying to soak in as much knowledge as I can. As a young adult I didn’t see the importance in really soaking it in and accepting that education. For me, it was a pain in the ass to have to write a paper or do homework, because all I wanted to focus on was my social relationships, my sports career and anything else. I did well in college but I could have done a lot better. I basically went through the motions. Now that I am grown and a lot more mature I am taking my masters program seriously.
It will not be easy, because I am working full time and juggling my crazy baseball relationship along with it. I can say that having supportive people in my life makes this a lot easier.
After contemplating for months on where I wanted to take my career I decided to get a masters in Sports Administration. Sports have always been my passion, as a kid I would make up games for my friends to play or even children I would babysit. My mom told me even at a young age, “Shawna you have a way with children, you’re so good with them.” I could organize groups well, demonstrate and simplify the rules for games in a way that made it easier to learn. I found a passion I didn’t even know I had. So I decided that this route is perfect for me. It can give me a vast amount of careers in the sports industry and what better way to understand the business part of professional baseball?! This masters degree will help me understand the business side of sports so I can be fully knowledgeable about my honey’s professional career.
I also want to encourage women to get a graduate degree and go for your dreams. Even if you won’t use it you will have it for yourself. That is what this is about for me. I never thought I would be able to even finish college, and I did. I never thought I could get into a masters program but I did, and I also never thought I could handle a full time job and schooling but here I am doing it for a second time. So believe in yourself because I believe in you. Be the boss babe you deserve to be!