Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Jordan Hogan

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WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the fifth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 4-10) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and surrounding community. GU is joining 450 Division III institutions and 43 conferences in this week’s celebration.

To help focus on the many student-athletes that represent Gallaudet athletics we will spotlight two different student-athlete each day this week. You will learn more about them as they express their feelings on what it is like to be a Division III student-athlete here at Gallaudet. Interviews were conducted by the Gallaudet Sports Information Office.

Sophomore Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) is a transfer student and in the midst of her first season with the softball team. She is hoping to graduate in 2018 and exploring pursuing a degree in sociology.

In My Own Words: Jordan Hogan

Jordan Hogan headshot What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
JH: Being a student-athlete requires good time management skills and dedication to sports and school so I make sure I can do my best to excel in both.  

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
JH: It’s definitely an experience since I grew up mainstreamed and not knowing American Sign Language (ASL). Now, I am attending Gallaudet University, I have teammates and coaches to help me learn ASL so I can communicate with the team as well as other people here. 

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
JH: Before I came to Gallaudet I was an art major, but I decided I didn’t want to do that anymore. Now I’m thinking about sociology with a focus in criminal justice but I’m not really sure what I want to do after graduation so I’m taking it one step at a time.

You transferred from Anne Arundel Community College, and this is your first year at Gallaudet. Why did you decide to come to Gallaudet now, and how has this change impacted your life?
JH: My plan was to go to Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) for two years and then transfer to somewhere else. I admit, I didn’t really look for other colleges but the head coach of the softball team had contacted me looking to see if I wanted to attend Gallaudet. I said ye, because I had nothing to lose if I tried something new. I don’t regret my decision one bit. My first year at Gallaudet is already so different from my two years [at community college] because I feel like I have accomplished more here at Gallaudet than I have before. Such as learning ASL and actually living on campus, which is a different life than getting up in the morning driving to AACC for my classes, staying for softball practice, and not getting home until 11 p.m. or midnight. So being at Gallaudet requires a different set of time management skills that I’m not used to.  

Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know Division III student-athletes report active academic engagement and participation in academic “extras,” such as research with faculty, study abroad opportunities and capstone/senior thesis projects. 

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Saturday: Eric Setzer (Men’s Soccer) | Jordan Hogan (Softball)
Friday: Toraneau Varice (Men’s Track and Field) | Danielle Warren (Women’s Basketball)
Thursday: Brad Peterson (Football) | Jamila Hubbard (Women’s Track and Field)
Wednesday: David Bruno (Men’s Swimming and Diving) | Jennifer Livengood (Women’s Soccer)
Tuesday: Chase Magsig (Baseball) | Kevlasha Humphrey (Women’s Cross Country)
Monday: Vicente Perez (Men’s Cross Country) | Taylor Mickelson (Women’s Swimming and Diving)

About Division III Week
Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement. For more information log onto www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2016. 

About Gallaudet

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world. For more information about Gallaudet University please log onto www.gallaudet.edu.


Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Jordan Hogan

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