Life after graduation can be pretty tricky, especially if you start employment right away at the place you graduated from. For recent alumna Kelsea Meyers, it has been quite the adjustment. The recent grad has stepped into an awesome role here in Bruin athletics. Recently, we asked her some questions regarding her position and what life is like after graduation.
Here's Kelsea Meyers, in her own words …
What's life been like after graduation?
Life after graduation (so far at least) feels the same as when I was a student, for the most part. I'm sure this will change once school starts, but it still hasn't hit me that I am no longer a student. I have certainly kept busy, though. I wake up early, work out, go to work, and then three to four days a week I head to a second job. I love being busy, though, so I am enjoying post-graduation life so far!
Tell us a little bit about the role you are in?
Since Elise Trask (associate athletic director) is on maternity leave, I have been filling in for her, performing some of her duties. A huge part of my role has been helping in the hiring process of our swim coach, assistant softball coach and lacrosse coach. I have organized all of the travel plans for these people, as well as their Zoom online interviews and on-campus interviews, which has been a great experience for me. I have also been involved in planning the Hall of Fame event in September, meeting a lot of alumni in the process, and it has been awesome getting to know them. I have also played a part in collecting information for coaching contracts and will lead S-AAC and Bruins LEAD in the fall.
What's been something that has surprised you about the work that gets put into athletics?
As an athlete, you don't realize what gets put in behind the scenes. You just show up and everything is pretty much done for you. What you don't see is that the entire department is constantly looking for ways to improve the athlete experience, such as planning an awesome arrival day for athletes, making the athletics website the best in the conference and even in DIII athletics as a whole, planning events for the athletic department, and creating a culture for athletes to thrive in. There are so many more things that aren't listed, but these are all things that athletes don't always realize go on. It has been surprising to me to see how much effort goes into continually improving the athlete experience here. Bruin athletes are truly blessed!
What has been your favorite part of the job since starting this role?
The people I get to see every day. The athletic department here is awesome. I have loved getting to know some of the coaches that I never really interacted with as an athlete.
What's your favorite thing to do during the summer?
I love vacationing. My best memories of summer are made on vacations with my family. I also love hiking and just getting outdoors as much as I can. The Northwest is a beautiful place to explore!
What's your favorite part about George Fox?
The sense of community. Everyone I meet here is so inviting and friendly. You'll hear just about everyone that comes here say that, but it isn't just the community. People here truly care about you and intently invest in your life. There is really something special about George Fox.
Do you have a favorite memory at George Fox?
All of my time playing volleyball – the girls, the playing aspect, team bonding, all of it. Yeah, sometimes I struggled during the season with our results, but I would go back in time in a heartbeat. No one really prepares you for when it ends, and I miss it a lot.
What's the plan after your role is up?
That's a great question. I would consider myself a huge planner, however lately I have noticed that things don't always go according to plan. With that being said, I don't have a firm plan as of right now. I do plan on building on my coaching experience and coaching club volleyball again come November. However, the rest is somewhat unknown as of now!