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Abraham scores in athletics, academics

August 30, 2011

By Ashleigh Scarpinato, Staff Writer

By Ashleigh Scarpinato

Rebecca Abraham, a freshman from Cumming, began her college experience not only as a hard-working student, but also as a hard-working athlete.

Following playing four years of high school soccer at Forsyth Central High School, Abraham decided to follow her passion for soccer by attending Young Harris College where she plans to receive her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies.

Abraham’s older sister attended YHC, and from that moment she knew that YHC was the college for her. Abraham’s family supports her and her decision to be a student athlete. Rhonda Abraham, her mother, attended both of her YHC scrimmage games to help cheer her daughter and the rest of the women’s team to victory.

Being a student athlete may come as a challenge to some people, but not Abraham. Abraham is one of only two freshmen on the Mountain Lions soccer team, which brings a whole new level of competition and challenge to be the best every day.

“It all comes pretty easy and is a lot of fun,” said Abraham. “Being a student athlete can teach a person how to truly manage their time between their sport, their classwork, and their friends.”

Abraham explained that the athletes on the YHC women’s soccer team are friendly and welcoming, but still have the desire to compete against anyone.

Abraham hopes to learn from her first year experience and help future freshmen soccer players balance studies and athletics.  This helpful spirit also extends to her goals post-graduation, when Abraham hopes to use her degree to help other people by possibly becoming a behavioral therapist.

Abraham also hopes to continue playing soccer in an adult league. Abraham enjoys the adrenaline of playing a good game and having confidence.  Playing a sport not only teaches a person what it means to be competitive— it also fosters a sense of togetherness, teaching players new life lessons as they work together to achieve a common goal, she said.

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  1. August 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    A fascinating look at the student athlete at YHC. Abraham has such a positive voice, and we would like to hear more from these ambitious, well-rounded students. Perhaps a report on the only other Freshman on the Mountain Lions soccer team would be a good follow up story for this reporter…

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