Hey Y’all!! My name is Matthew Johnson. I am currently a junior at Augusta State University where I run both cross country and track. I see myself as a pretty lucky guy in that I get to do what I love (run) on a daily basis with the people that I love to do it with. I’m not afraid to fail when it comes to running, I simply just want to get absolutely everything I can out of myself and see how far I can get in the sport.
While running is a huge part of who I am, it is not the only thing that I am passionate about. My faith is very important to me, and it is something that I strive to live out in my own life on a daily basis. I love pretty much anything and everything outdoors, so when I’m not logging miles, I enjoy fishing, kayaking, and camping/hiking with my dad. If I’m not doing any of those things, you can probably find me eating, napping, or just hanging out with my teammates.
Outside of being physically active and spending much of my time outdoors, I have always had a niche for writing. I am currently studying Kinesiology, but am looking into studying Communications as well. I thought this blog would be an awesome opportunity to gain writing experience, and I look forward to hopefully being able to share some insight on not only the life of a collegiate athlete, but more specifically, shed some light and knowledge on the life of a long-distance runner.
So that’s me in a nutshell. I’m a run junkie who likes to write and play outside. It’s a pretty simple life, but it makes me happy so I wouldn’t have it any other way. Enjoy!
My name is Kristen Jones and I am a former softball player at Augusta State University and the intern at the PBC Office. I’m originally from Plant City, Florida but have been in Augusta the last five years. I recently graduated from ASU with my under graduate degree in kinesiology with a focus in exercise and sport science. Currently I am interning at the Peach Belt Conference Office and I am also pursuing my masters degree in kinesiology as a graduate assistant softball coach at GRU Augusta. When I’m not in school or hard at work I like to spend my free time fishing or just outdoors in general.
My hope is that through this blog I will be able to share my experiences as I transition from a student-athlete in to the professional world of athletics as well as the coaching world. I believe that if I can give just a few words of advice to help a student-athlete or anyone else who reads this blog then I have done a good job.
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I am from Columbus, Georgia where I attended Columbus High School. I am in Augusta because I wanted to run for ASU and so far I really enjoy the city, the school, and my teammates. I am switching my major from nursing to communications/professional writing because I want to follow my passion and I love to read and write. When I’m not reading or writing I am probably running. I enjoy putting in the miles it takes to be a college level distance athlete and I enjoy every step of the process! Other than running I also enjoy adventuring. My adventures consist of strapping up my sandals and heading out into the woods for a while. I love the outdoors and it’s probably what inspires me to write most. I’ve found that I can really focus and get some deep thinking done when I’m alone with nature.
I look forward to writing about my life as a college athlete! I will write about the things that matter most to me. You’ll see my thoughts about the struggles of college life, the things I’m learning/ thinking, what it takes to be a distance runner, what motivates me to get through tough days, and maybe I’ll even blog about my personal writing ideas.
I’m excited to share all the knowledge I have about my sport and how I do what I do for GRU Augusta.
My name is Shanteona Keys and I am a sophomore at Georgia College in Milledgeville. I am a guard on the women’s basketball team. I have recently changed my major from athletic training to mass communication, so I think this blog will be good practice for my future career. My future goal is to be the next Oprah, but if that doesn’t work out then I hope to be a sports broadcaster or radio personality. I am originally from Freeport, IL., but I moved to Roswell, Ga., when I was eight years old. I am a student athlete in the Peach Belt trying to juggle the busy life of academics and sport while enjoying the “college experience”.
My name is Malte Krapp, I’m 23 years old and from Cologne, Germany. I grew up playing soccer and to me it is more than just a sport, it means the world to me and I could not imagine a life without it. I have been playing soccer as long as I can remember; I started at 2 ½ at a local club team and as I grew older I went on to compete at higher levels. Throughout my life soccer has helped me to deal with several struggles and also functioned as an outlet. To be honest, I can’t remember a day in my life where I did not think about soccer.
In 2011 I came over to the United States to play soccer for the University of North Georgia. I tore my ACL for the first time on the 19th of October 2011 but I suffered three more anterior cruciate ligament tears and had several surgeries. Currently I am preparing for hopefully my last ACL reconstruction procedure. With this blog I hope to share the experiences I have had since the initial tear and maybe even motivate others who have similar experiences.
Follow Malte on Twitter @mallesavas
My name is Abby Meyers and I am a current senior volleyball player at Flagler College. I am from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, needless to say St. Augustine provides me with a great escape from the harsh winters! Flagler has provided me with an all around exceptional college experience and I am very fortunate to be able to attend such a great school. When I’m not playing volleyball I enjoy going to the beach, spending time outside, and catching up with friends. I have three younger brothers whom I am very close with so keeping up with all that they do keeps me fairly busy. I am studying public relations, marketing and advertising and plan to work in public relations after I graduate. I believe that writing for the Peach Blog will provide me with great experience for my future in the public relations field.