June 14, 2012
Volleyball's Lesli Akeo, soccer's Kayla Mancusi, water polo's Rebecca Robinson, soccer's Sean Sullivan and field hockey's Lindsey Yenter were among the 300 student athletes throughout NCAA's three divisions to be selected to attend a four-day NCAA Career in Sports Forum held at the NCAA's headquarters June 7-10 in Indianapolis.
To be selected to the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, student athletes had to request to be nominated by their academic advisor, and then proceed to fill out an application including essay questions on their goals, passions and career aspirations. Despite the rigorous process, Siena was well represented at this national conference with five student athletes in attendance.
"It was a really rewarding experience, and I certainly got a lot out of it," Yenter said. "There were many influential speakers, and professionals giving us tips on how to succeed. We attended various workshops throughout the weekend, and filled out personality profiles in which we learned how to work with people with different personality types. It was a very positive atmosphere, and you could tell everyone truly wanted to be there. "
The NCAA Career in Sports Forum is held every year and allows student athletes to explore careers in sports, sports entertainment and sports law, coaching, administration and officiating.
"A big portion of the weekend was devoted to analyzing our personality and trying to learn how others perceive us," Yenter said. "I feel this will enable me to become a better team player and leader, now that I am more aware of my strengths and weaknesses. I now have a better idea of careers I am interested in, and what steps I need to take in the next few years at Siena to achieve my goals."