Student Profiles - Sarah Dickinson
Hometown: Millersville, Pa.
Why did you choose Millersville University?
I chose Millersville University because both of my parents, as well as my older sister, Rebecca, graduated from Millersville University. My younger sister, Rachel, is currently a freshman here. Each of them had great experiences at this school. In addition, I wanted to stay local, and Millersville was a perfect fit because it has a great reputation as a state school. I also chose Millersville because I was recruited to play field hockey.
How long have you played field hockey?
I started playing field hockey in 9th grade at Lancaster Mennonite High School because they needed a goal keeper. This past fall I finished my senior season as the starting goal keeper for Millersville’s women’s field hockey team. I really didn’t know much about the sport, but I’m glad I was persuaded to try it because it’s the sport I ended up pursuing in college.
What did you love most about playing a sport in college?
I really loved the team aspect of playing a sport. It is a privilege to be a part of a team at the collegiate level. It is so rewarding to strive for goals with a group of talented young women, each different in her own way. It’s neat to see how a team made up of unique individuals can come together and achieve something great.
What is challenging about playing a sport in college?
Playing a sport in college is a huge commitment. Athletes put a tremendous amount of time and energy into practice, competition, traveling and year-round training. Playing a sport also requires athletes to balance their sport with academics, social life, family and other obligations in order to be successful in college.
As an athlete, sports do take up a majority of your time. How were you able to maintain a 4.0 GPA?
It has definitely been a challenge! I have had to commit a lot of time outside of my sport to my schoolwork. It has taken a lot of focus, determination and dedication to maintain my GPA. A downside to this would be that I didn’t have much of a social life!
As captain of your team, what were some of your responsibilities?
I needed to be a communicator with my teammates and coaches on and off the field. I was also held to the responsibility of setting an example for my teammates and being the kind of teammate I expected them to be. It was really helpful to have two other great captains alongside me. We were each able to contribute different strengths as leaders.
Did you receive any awards for field hockey?
I was a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Scholar Athlete each of the years I played field hockey. In addition, I was a PSAC East Rookie of the Year and named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II All-Academic Squad my freshman year; named to the NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad and ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America College Division District II All-Academic Third Team At-Large my Sophomore year; named to the Capital One Academic All-District II At-Large First Team my Junior year; and I was named to the All-PSAC East Second Team my senior year. I also had the honor of playing in the NFHCA Division II North/South Senior Game.
You also play the piano. How long have you played for and what do you love most about playing?
I have been playing the piano for 13 years. I started taking lessons when I was in third grade, and I have continued my lessons with the same piano teacher ever since. I have always enjoyed playing and listening to music. Playing the piano is as relaxing as it is challenging, and I enjoy playing for myself, as well as sharing my gift with others.
Where do you perform?
I play in the yearly recitals my piano teacher coordinates for her students and their families and I have played with my teacher at senior citizen centers and retirement homes. I have also performed for Musical Arts Society programs at Salem United Church of Christ in Rohrerstown. In addition, I play the piano for my church.
What will you miss most about Millersville upon graduating?
Along with challenging and rewarding class experiences, I will miss the wonderful professors I have had all four years. I will also miss representing Millersville through athletics. I will miss the field hockey team, as well as the competition of playing a college sport. I have learned a number of life lessons through athletics, and it has definitely been a privilege playing field hockey for Millersville.
How has Millersville University helped you succeed?
Millersville University has been a supportive academic environment; giving me the resources and tools I need to do my very best. I have had so many great professors who want to see students succeed and I have had the wonderful opportunity to participate as a Marauder in a collegiate sport. Not only have these aspects of Millersville taught me valuable life lessons, but through achievement, they have helped build my confidence to continue setting goals and striving to do my best--no matter the outcome.