An Interview with Lauren Oosdyke:
Athletic Powerhouse, Dedicated Student, and Proud UNC Alum
College graduation is a time of transition. Obviously it’s massively exciting—a well-earned sense of satisfaction at the culmination of one’s academic accomplishments—but you can often hear a note of bittersweet nostalgia inflecting a new graduate’s voice as they talk about the next phase in their life. “I am so sad to leave such a great University,” said senior women’s basketball all-star, Lauren Oosdyke. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of my college career. I cannot believe it is already over. It flew by in the blink of an eye.”
Oosdyke, known by her coaches and fellow teammates as both an aggressive competitor and a constant source of encouragement, won’t be celebrating her collegiate achievements in the typical manner. On the day of UNC’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony she’ll be in China facing off against national teams from Australia and Brazil as a member of the NetScouts Basketball Women’s USA All-Star Team.
For Oosdyke, the paths to graduation and international competition have hardly been straightforward. In her freshman year, she suffered an injury to her foot that set both her athletic and academic careers back nearly an entire year. Looking back now, she describes that seemingly unfortunate accident as a “blessing in disguise.” Scholastically, she put that fifth year to good use, coming out of UNC with an Master’s degree in Sport Administration. “As an athlete, I am proud to say that I was part of a program that was very successful and made history at UNC,” said Oosdyke. Not only did she help to lead Women’s Basketball to the finals in the Big Sky Conference, her free throws and overall point totals have firmly ensconced her in UNC’s record books.
As far as maintaining ties to her alma mater, Oosdyke says that volunteering and philanthropy will play central roles in her new identity as an alumna: “I will always donate to the school and do anything I can to continue to be involved with such a wonderful University.” Among all of her great achievements as a student athlete, she says that the relationships she formed at UNC are among her most treasured: “This University has shaped me into the person I am today and I am so thankful to say I was a Bear. I know that the friendships I have formed will be ones that will last a lifetime.”
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