Q&A with Softball's Rachel Baxter
Rachel Baxter has been very busy in her time in Rindge
(Editor's Notes: This is the latest in a series of features on Franklin Pierce student-athletes. Anthony Chighisola sits down with Rachel Baxter to discuss her time as a two-sport athlete in Rindge.)
By Anthony Chighisola (Athletics Student Writer)
AC: How did it feel playing two sports in college? Not a lot of people do it.
RB: I am really fortunate that I had the opportunity to continue playing both sports in college. I had a great time.
AC: Is there one sport you like better?
RB: Softball is my favorite sport. I started playing at a very young age and have loved it every day since.
AC: What made you choose Franklin Pierce?
RB: Franklin Pierce seemed to be the best fit for me. It had exactly what I wanted for my major in psychology and I have a very close relationship with my adviser, Dr. Kohler. The small community has introduced me to some of my best friends and provided some of the most memorable experiences I have had. At FPU, I played both field hockey and softball, and could snowboard in my free time which I also love to do. Additionally, I am not too close to home, but not too far either. This was important for my family because they enjoyed coming to my games and their support is imperative to me.
AC: How hard is it playing two sports in college?
RB: It is not necessarily hard. It just depends on what your looking for in your college experience. Being a college athlete requires physical rigor, commitment and focus, which was the fun part for me. I was always accustomed to a busy schedule, but my time management skills have seriously improved since coming to college. In order to allocate time for each responsibility, it is all about balance. In addition to the three essentials (softball, field hockey, and academics), time is needed for other things like a job on campus, student government, club involvement, grocery shopping, and maybe even some free time if you get lucky. As my mom has always told me, there are plenty of hours in the day if you plan accordingly.
AC: What was the hardest part about being a student athlete?
RB: The hardest part is going to be accepting that I am not one anymore after I graduate.
AC: What would be your advice to people who want to play two sports?
RB: Embrace it. Go all out every practice and every game because that is one less you are going to have. Don't waste a single workout session, lift or day. You are putting the time in, so put the effort in too and you will be the best you can be.
AC: What are your plans for after college?
RB: My ultimate educational goal is to receive my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the near future. As for right now, I have been accepted to the graduate school programs that I applied to, along with collegiate coaching opportunities lined up if I decide to attend.