My name is Dalton Johnson and I am a junior playing baseball at Armstrong Atlantic State University. This is my first year at Armstrong, after spending two years at Santa Rosa Junior College, in Santa Rosa, California. Coming to Armstrong was a major surprise for myself. After playing two years of junior college baseball, where I would wind up was a mystery. Growing up in the small town of Petaluma, California, living in the South was not in my plans. Continuing my education and baseball career was always in my plans, though. Now at Armstrong, I have the opportunity to do both. Being able to experience a completely different side of the country is a new learning experience of its own. I want to blog this season to continue writing since I am an English major with a concentration in journalism, and show a transfer student from California’s new experience in the South.
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 four 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 ASU. 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 ASU.
My name is Travis Keels and I am currently a senior men’s basketball player at Augusta State University (aka Georgia Regents University Augusta). I’m originally from Richmond, Virginia, but have lived in Augusta for the last five years. I am working on my undergraduate degree in communications with a focus in public relations. I am also interning at the Peach Belt Conference office this semester.
Off the basketball court and outside of the classroom I like to read and watch television. I’m not completely sure what I want to do after I graduate, but I do know I want to use my communications degree in the sports field because of my love for sports. I hope to gain great experience as an intern here at the PBC office. Through the blog I want to provide insight on life as a student-athlete transitioning from a freshman in high school to being on the verge of graduation.
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”.