For Brianna DeLuna and Jaclyn Larsen, seniors on the women's soccer team who will be graduating this December, their soccer careers at JWU are over. Although both are sad that they lost their final season, they are looking forward to the future.
DeLuna cites the culinary program as a major reason for wanting to attend JWU. "Since I was young, I knew I wanted to have a career in cooking," she states. Along with that, the success of the women's soccer program made JWU feel like the perfect place for her. Larsen came to JWU for similar reasons: her intended graphic design major, along with a soccer program she knew would be the best opportunity for her to grow and excel in.
Without question, each, who are both All-GNAC team selections, describes their biggest accomplishment on the field at JWU as "winning the 2019 GNAC title," in addition to the relationships they've formed with teammates, getting to meet new people and creating connections that will last a lifetime. Larsen adds that another accomplishment of hers was having five projects displayed in the graphic design exhibit. "I was always a shy person, so to become the face and spokesperson of the Graphic Design department was such an honor," she says.
As far as plans for after graduation, DeLuna shares, "I am from Long Island so I hope to find a job there related to my major, work my way up and hope to own a bakery one day." She anticipates to one day travel for work and be able to see all the different cuisines of the world. Larsen, on the other hand, already has an internship lined up with BlueCross BlueShield, but her dream is to work for Nike someday, where she can combine her two passions of graphic design and sports.
Head Coach Chris Flint knows each will have a bright future and shares what they have accomplished over the past four years at JWU as student-athletes. "Brianna was a solid player since she got here and has started for most of her career," he says. "She has been one of the hardest working players on this team." Although Larsen didn't start as frequently, Flint says, "She has greatly improved over the past several years and was a key part in our team winning the GNAC." Flint also credited them as being great leaders during this pandemic as they took charge and led Zoom meetings, staying in contact with the team during these rough times. His advice to these young women: "Be open to new challenges and continue working hard." JWU wishes them both the best as they begin their future careers.