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We're now preparing for the 2014/2015 school year and we will need your help! Are you ready to Team Up? We have different projects set for the summer of 2015! One of which includes a Middle School Mentoring and Sports Makeover week!!
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Name: Chelcie Abajian
School: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Sport: Tennis Alumna
Major: Sport Management (RST)
Chelcie Abajian is the true example of a former student-athlete who decided to take a chance with her time and serve others. “As student-athletes, we are so privileged at our universities and it is extremely important for us to step outside of our duties and be good ambassadors for the university and community,” said Chelcie. She made a conscious effort to move outside of her comfort zone of tennis and school to become an active member in the community. And during that process she became a leader all at the same time.
Currently, Chelcie works as an intern for National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). She’ll work with three affiliate associations; International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA), Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA) and National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) and the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. After the internship, she plans to pursue a career working in collegiate or professional athletics in the fields of development or external operations.
Now that she’s taking on the world of sports she has yet to forget how SALSC impacted her life. “My passion for leading social change all began with SALSC on the University of Illinois campus. Today, at least once a week, I find myself referring back to my time working with SALSC or talking about the incredible experience I was fortunate to have in Kenya.” Whether she’s thinking about her past or future goals, she always aims to look for opportunities in the community that she lives. She gives credit to SALSC for fueling that deep desire to be a leader for social change.
So what has been the biggest change in this SALSC alumna’s life? She no longer takes anything in life for granted. After going to Kenya, she found herself slowing down in daily habits and not stressing out about smaller things that were not as catastrophic as they may have once seemed. She also has made another change; she strives to be a better mentor and leader in various parts of her life. “If it weren’t for mentors in my life, I would not have made the leap to join SALSC. This relationship made me want to continue to provide information and guidance to current student-athletes.”
Now that she’s stepped into the real world, she has some key pointers we can all take away:
- Live life to the fullest and be appreciative of every opportunity that comes your way.
- Partaking in service projects on any level is a way to give back to the community that supports your time as a student-athlete.
- Partaking in projects that are bigger than the community you live in allows you to build relationships, gain new connections and experience life through a different lens.
- Step over the fear of thinking that there is not enough time to participate in social change initiatives and be the person to lead the social change.
Come back next time for another “Spotlight” feature! Until then, enjoy each day and serve others! SALSC Love!
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