Student Profiles - Mary Paul
Major: Early Childhood/Special Education Dual Major
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Position: Middle Blocker, Outside Hitter
Mary Paul, a stand-out player for the women's volleyball team, already has two very impressive seasons under her belt as a Marauder. Her performance during her freshman season landed her in the record books, placing her second of all-time for her 82 block-assists in one season. Her sophomore season was only an improvement off the last, breaking her own school records, and putting up career and season-high numbers for her team. Not only is she a stand-out athlete, she is also a stand-out student earning PSAC Scholar-Athlete awards both seasons as well as making dean's list for three semesters.
How long have you been playing volleyball?
I have been playing for 10 years.
What made you choose Millersville University?
Millersville has a great program for my major and is not too far from home. I was also recruited to play volleyball.
What do you love most about playing volleyball?
Volleyball is a very much a team sport where every person is a valuable part of the team's success.
What do you find most challenging about playing a college sport?
Traveling can be a lot to handle at times and affects me both physically and academically since I have to miss some of my classes.
What skills must you possess as a student-athlete in order to effectively juggle your sport and your academics?
Time management is a very important skill to have as a student athlete! I do not have a lot of free time in season, but it is worth it to be able to play the sport I love.
How has your educational experience been so far at Millersville?
I have had a wonderful educational experience so far. Some professors are challenging, but I know they are preparing us for our future after college.
Who from Millersville has helped you succeed in the classroom?
My professor and now advisor, Dr. Ojoma Edeh, has been an influential person in my academic life. She wants all of her students to do well and is willing to help us in achieving this success. She takes the time to get to know her students, and in my case, supports me as an athlete.
Who has been most influential for you on the court?
My teammates are the main reason I have done so well at Millersville. I do not know what I would do without their support on and off the court.
How do you prepare for a big game?
Before the game I listen to music to get me pumped up and focused. During warm ups I always watch my opponents so I know what to expect in the game.
As a Marauder, what awards have you received?
I have been named PSAC Scholar-Athlete the past two years, and I was awarded Heritage Hotel Athlete of the Week the past two seasons. I have also made Dean's List for three semesters during my time at Millersville.
What is your most memorable moment as a Marauder?
Last season we defeated Mercyhurst, which was our first win over a PSAC West team in six years.
What activities are you involved in outside of volleyball?
I love playing and watching sports and spending time with my family and friends. I am in the Honors College and a member of the Honors College Student Association. I am also a member of the John Newman Association and Second Mile, and participate in intramural sports out of season.
How has Millersville helped you succeed?
Millersville has challenged me on and off the court to try my best at all times. I have met a lot of wonderful people here and formed many close relationships. After graduation I know I will have the confidence to enter the real world and succeed. My plans are to teach in a classroom, get married and start a family. I also want to travel to Ireland!
If you could offer one piece of advice to incoming student-athletes, what would it be?
College is the best time of your life. Cherish each moment you step onto the court or field wearing the Marauder uniform because the time is going to fly by very quickly.