This week Vikings Athletics caught up with third-year volleyball player Bailey Roska to find out why she became a Viking and why her teammates and coaches have influenced her the most.
Q: What is your program of study and what do you hope to do with that degree? What year of study are you in?
BR: I am in my third-year of a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. Ultimately, my goal is to become a pharmacist.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in your volleyball career?
BR: As a player, I just want to walk away from my career with great memories, whether that be winning titles or building lasting relationships with my teammates.
Q: How did you get your start in volleyball?
BR: I played a few sports growing up and my older sisters played volleyball when they were younger, so naturally, I picked it up too. I started playing in grade six and it soon became the sport that I wanted to invest all of my time in.
Q: Why did you choose to become a Viking?
BR: I knew the next step for me out of high school was to play for a college-level team, but I wanted to go to a school that would allow me to reach my academic goals as well. The competitive and inviting volleyball team, along with the great coaching staff made the decision to come to Augustana an easy one.
Q: What is the best thing about being a Viking?
BR: The feeling of community is the best thing about being a Viking. Being a part of a sports team on a campus like this that supports their sports teams so greatly, makes being a student so much more meaningful.
Q: How do you spend your free time when you are not in the gym or on the court?
BR: During the school year, life pretty much consists of studying, volleyball, and the gym, not much room for anything else. When I have some time off I love to get outside and do things like hiking or spending days at the lake.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
BR: The best piece of advice I find myself gravitating to in stressful times is to focus on what you are able to control in your life, and let go of what you cannot.
Q: Who has influenced your volleyball career and/or life the most and why?
BR: My team and coaches here have definitely influenced me the most, as I have grown and learned so much in the last three years here at Augustana. The constant support from my team has really shaped me into the athlete and person I am today by reminding me to always challenge myself and continue to grow.
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