I Am a Student-Athlete
Brooke Albright never doubted her decision to play softball at Otterbein University. She was a team captain for three of her four years playing for the Cardinals, and she also served as the Vice President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC). But like many students, Brooke was concerned about her career path. She found the help and guidance she needed at the Otterbein Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD).
“I met Ryan (Brechbill, director of the CCPD) during my sophomore year and worked with him ever since. Every time I went to talk to him, whether it was about internships, careers or just life, he was always inspiring me to work towards my dreams,” Brooke said. “He helped guide me on places to look for internships and careers, and also coached me on how to approach and speak with employers. I think a great deal of my success with my internship and career can be traced back to him for inspiring and helping me get started.”
The guidance Brooke received helped her as in her 10-week internship with the Professional Insurance Agents Association of Ohio, Inc (PIA).
“You are placed with an insurance company for the first five weeks and an insurance agency for the second five weeks. You are really learning how the insurance industry works from the top to the bottom, and helping out in any way possible by meeting with different employees and shadowing them to doing different projects for different departments,” she said.
“This internship was a huge stepping stone for me and my growth to be ready for the world after graduation. I applied many of the concepts I had learned throughout my classes at Otterbein, while also learning a ton for the future. Upon completion of the program, I was awarded the Rising Star award for my class of interns. This was a great accomplishment and I was extremely honored to receive the award.”
Like many of Otterbein’s athletes, Brooke learned time management skills that helped her to strike a balance between her academic goals, career path and community service. The softball team gives one day each month to volunteer work, most recently at the Ronald McDonald house in Columbus.
“I have a passion for helping other people in any way that I can. Whether it be something that really changes someone’s life or something small that just makes someone’s day, I love being able to put a smile on someone’s face,” she said.