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Students have numerous demands on their time throughout their semester, beyond academics. Our student athletes are in a unique situation – they have not only committed their intellectual abilities to Tulane but their athletic abilities as well. The NTC Academic Services for Student Athletes team is in place to ensure their unique needs are met and that they succeed academically and build community. 

Haydyn Gibson, NTC ’20, played on the Women’s Golf team during her time at Tulane. She was assigned an Athletic Academic Counselor, Meredith Krall, who worked to ensure her class schedule not only met her needs for graduation and future goals but would work well with her golf tournament and travel schedule. She monitored her grades and stepped in if any issues came up. Gibson says “She is someone who bettered my Tulane experience and always helped me choose the best path.” Meredith says “I am so proud of Haydyn!  Her positive attitude and willingness to learn made my job easy to do. I know she is going to do great things in the future” 

The Wilson Center plays a huge role in the lives of our student athletes. Its location close to the practice and game facilities encourages students to engage in tutoring services, take advantage of study spaces and computer labs and meet with their counselors. Student athletes need this extra support but they also need to learn to build their own skills. Gibson says “To balance traveling and studying, student-athletes must designate time for their studies.  Whenever we were away for a tournament, I stuck to my homework and studying schedule as much as possible.  Thankfully during my time at Tulane, many professors were very helpful in letting me know the lecture plans for the days I would miss and were available for office hours if I had any questions. Time management is an extremely important skill to balance travel and studying.”

After graduating with her degree in sociology this year, Gibson is moving to Indianapolis, Indiana to begin an internship at the National Collegiate Athletic Association.  She is “extremely excited for this opportunity to work at the headquarters of the NCAA” and hopes “to use this internship to fine tune my knowledge of intercollegiate sports and help shape me to become a future leader within an athletic department.”

Gibson summarizes how her experience at Tulane has shaped her future. “My experience as a student-athlete has shown me the ever-evolving life of college athletics and opportunities that sports can give someone.  Some of my student-athlete peers will turn professional while others will find success within their careers.  Each person I have met during my time as a student-athlete has chosen a different path but each one has used the skills they developed to become successful. Working closely with student-athletes and athletic administrators made me decide to pursue a career within college athletics.  The administrators at Tulane were an inspiration for me. I hope one day to serve as a role model to future student-athletes.”