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Janelle Mayo '11 - Psychology
Janelle Mayo '11 loves everything about being a Curry College student-athlete: the fun, the traveling, the sense of community, and especially the rewarding feeling she gets from working hard on and off the field.
"I loved the size of the campus, it wasn't too small, and it wasn't so big that you could get lost," she recalled. "I was also struck by how clean and beautiful the campus was. And the people were so welcoming. It all felt right."
Although she was not recruited for softball and was pretty intimidated by the prospect of trying out as a freshman walk-on, she decided to go for it. She calls it the best decision she ever made.
"I just showed up for tryouts one day and gave it my all. Fortunately I've been playing softball since as far back as I can remember, so I was able to secure a spot on the team."
Mayo says she fit right in with the upper class women on the team, despite being a freshman.
"They accepted me right off the bat. It never had that mean clique-like feeling of high school either," she recalled. "I love my softball sisters. We're like a little family. We take classes together, help each other with our studies, go to the library and even eat together."
Mayo chose Psychology with the hopes of someday becoming a sports psychologist, counseling teenage athletes.
"I like the aspect of studying and knowing why people are the way they are. I have great psychology professors here who challenge me and make it fun and interesting to go to class every day."
Being a student-athlete also means double the responsibility for those students. So Curry has several resources in place to help ease the stress of balancing work and sport.
"We have study hall where all athletes are required to go during freshman year. There is also the Academic Enrichment Center and Speaking Center where we can get help with writing papers and giving oral presentations."
Mayo credits her coaches with keeping her academically involved and preventing any slip in her studies, especially Head Coach Bruce Weckworth.
"Bruce is there for us 24/7, not only for athletics but for academics as well. He monitors our study hall sessions and makes sure we get our work done during that time. He is also in touch with the various academic departments and resources on campus, including tutors if we need them."
In the off-season, when she does have some down time, Mayo likes to take day trips with her softball 'sisters' to nearby Boston.
"I love that Curry has a shuttle to Boston. It's so convenient and it's a quick trip. Even on weekends we can go to places like Fenway Park and Faneuil Hall. It's awesome!"
So what is her advice to students thinking about spending the next four years at Curry College?
"If you want to go to a school that puts students first, a school where the community is very close-knit and comfortable, I would recommend coming to Curry College. It has gotten to the point where every summer, I can't wait to come back."
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