Suzanne Miller ’17, stands out as a student athlete because she participates in a different sport each season. This means that while other student athletes can take time to recuperate after their seasons, Miller takes to the field or gym to begin a new athletic season. She plays soccer in the Fall, basketball in the Winter, and golf in the Spring of this academic year and her first year.
Often asked the question of which is her favorite sport, “I love them all,” Miller responds. “But, if I had to choose a favorite sport, it would be soccer. It is the sport I have dedicated the most time to over the years, and still get the most excited when I play it, probably because I have the fondest memories associated with it.”
Many around campus wonder how Miller accomplishes it all
Although soccer holds a certain significance, she feels that whatever sport season she is in is the sport that she favors and feels fully committed to. “I like playing sports at K because of the ability to compete at a high level, the good relationships I have formed with all my coaches, and the families of teammates that I have had so much fun with on and off the field and court,” Miller said.
With a mixture of a heavy academic load at Kalamazoo College and a busy sporting schedule, many around campus wonder how Miller accomplishes it all. But, Miller proves herself to be a professional at time management as she’s been playing a sport each season since high school, it was pretty easy and natural for me to transfer those skills over and refine them a little once I adapted to the rigor of K’s academics,” she said. “I believe that over the years having a busy athletics schedule has helped me on the academic side because I always knew exactly how much time I had to get my work done, and it gave me no time to procrastinate. Plus, playing sports has always been my outlet for stress and an escape from the world, so without it, I’m not sure how I would have gotten through.”
Although it may be enticing to attempt to follow in Miller’s footsteps as a 3-season athlete, she advises those who want to try it out to be cautious of what they can handle intellectually, emotionally, and physically. “At this school, If you want to have the best of both worlds and function at your optimal capacity,” Miller said. “[But,] you have to be disciplined and have as much passion for your school work as you do for your sports. You need an equal balance between the two because the minute either your school or athletic performance starts to slip, it will directly effect the other.
You have to be disciplined and have as much passion for your school work as you do for your sports
As a graduating member of the Class of 2017, Miller continues to strongly finish out the academic year and sporting season. As a member of the Dean’s List and a 2 year captain for the soccer team, she was also awarded the Coach’s Award and X-Factor Award for the 2016-17 basketball season. In addition to the awards, Miller set 2 school records. The first, number of 3-pointers made in a basketball game, which her record setting number was 7. Following that up, she also set the record for number of 3-pointers made in a season, which was 53. For her graceful and meticulous academic and athletic presence at Kalamazoo College, she was one of the recipients of the 2017 Senior Leadership Award.
Sporting coverage at The Index will continue to look for shooting stars like Miller and congratulate her on a college career well done!