Jennifer Jory: Graduation Reflection

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    Jennifer Jory JumpingBy Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Alumna (Class of 2010)

    The time has come for me to hang up my hat and pass the reins on to a new Fresno State Equestrian team member.  I am now an official Fresno State college graduate and no longer classified as a student-athlete, but as alumni.  My senior year flew by so fast and I felt like I could not live in the many precious moments long enough.  As a senior captain of the Equestrian Team I knew it was my job to be an outstanding leader and to leave behind large and defined footprints for fellow younger teammates to fill in the years to come.

    The first defined footprint I wanted to leave behind was to earn my degree by the end of my four years of eligibility.  Graduating in four years was an important goal for me to achieve because I wanted to show the other girls on my team that academic achievement is just as important as competition achievement.  If you can successfully compete for the Bulldogs both in the arena and in the classroom, you will be a successful student athlete.

    The second footprint I wanted to leave behind was in community service.  I participated in Holiday thank you calls, Light the Night Walk for Cancer, Coats for Kids, and reading to younger Bulldog fans.  As student athletes we are very fortunate to be given all of the perks that come with competing for the Bulldogs.  I want my fellow teammates to remember how important it is to be grateful and give back to the community and all of the amazing Bulldog supporters.

    The third footprint I wanted to leave behind was dedication to the sport.  Dedication and practice is the key to creating winners.  The Equestrian team has been blessed with three amazing coaches and a group of talented and inspiring young women.  With continued hard work and dedication this team can and will earn incredible achievements.

    The fourth and final footprint I wanted to leave behind was sportsmanship and a positive attitude.  Over the last four years I have watched the Equestrian team improve in so many ways.  The team unity shared among the women has become so strong that nothing is impossible for this group.

    Attending the end of the year team banquet and watching head coach Dr. Becky Malmo pass down my senior captain reins to a fellow teammate was an indescribable feeling.  I felt pride and sadness as I watched my role on this amazing team get passed on to the next inspiring young woman.

    As the locker rooms were cleared out, the horses turned out for vacation, and my diploma was framed I realized my time as a Fresno State Student Athlete was truly complete.  I look forward to watching my younger teammates fill the footprints I left behind, as well as create their own remarkable trail.

    Jennifer Jory graduated from Fresno State in the Class of 2010 after four years on the Bulldog equestrian team. She is currently interning in the Fresno State Athletics Communications office.

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    Jennifer is a perfect example of an outstanding student athlete. Our community should be proud of her, and our equestrian team. There have been many young women who have developed into amazing community members, due in part to their experiences on the team. Congrats Jennifer! Thanks for being a great student athlete.

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