“My name is Britney, and I am currently a student athlete here, at Minnesota State University Mankato. I am a freshman, and on the soccer team here. I grew up in Plainfield Illinois, and I have been playing soccer ever since I was five years old. I really enjoyed growing up in Plainfield because it is only about 45 minutes away from Chicago. I would often go to Chicago to spend time at the beach, or go ice-skating by the Bean in the winter. I chose to come to Mankato because of the people, soccer, and to pursue my dreams of becoming a speech pathologist. In high school, I had a few setbacks from tearing two ACLs, my meniscus three times, my MCL twice, and fracturing my tibia all while playing soccer. When I was a junior in high school I bounced back. I become the captain of my high school soccer team, and during my senior year I committed to play soccer here, in Mankato. Throughout this year I have made amazing memories. My freshman soccer season was a lot of fun. I got to play the sport I loved while being surrounded by my best friends. It has been tough being 6½ hours away from my family, but soccer and the amazing people I’ve met has helped me adjust to college life. I wouldn’t trade Mankato for any other school because I have made incredibly bonds with my teammates and roommates. I am so thankful for the little girl inside me that told me to continue playing soccer because if I hadn’t I never would’ve met my best friends.”

Photo &Caption: Carly Czaplewski, Danielle Tazic, and Rachel Wangen




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