Hartford, Conn. - One of the greatest struggles of being a student athlete is finding a healthy balance between sports, schoolwork, and involvement in other groups as well. However, Trinity College women's lacrosse senior Karly Simpson sets the gold standard of what a student athlete at Trinity College should be.
On the field, Simpson leads the Bantams as a co-captain. "We have had some of the toughest losses this year but I think that on the whole, we are so much better for it," states Simpson. "We are playing confidently and not afraid to make mistakes, not feeling the heavy burden of a team that rarely loses."
Simpson exemplifies the team's motto of digging in, which originates from a poem called "The Bull Rider's Advice". It says that a person has a choice to either get up on the bull and pray for the eight seconds to be done with quickly, or "dig in" with your entire soul until that thing lets up. Heading into the NCAA Division III Regional Championships this weekend on Trinity's Sheppard Field, the Bantams have improved throughout the year and should be prepared for a weekend field that includes four teams all ranked among the top-11 in the nation.
"Karly has left and will leave such a positive mark on the Trinity lacrosse program," said Bantam Head Coach Katy Dissinger. "Often we talk about what it means to be a great teammate and Karly exemplifies so many of those qualities. She is a true student of the game, she raises up those around her, and she never, ever takes a play off. On and off the field, Karly has raised the bar for what it means to be a member of this team."
Off the field, though, Simpson has a great deal to handle. Beginning every day at 7 a.m., she focuses on squeezing as much as she can out of her time during the day, including practices and lifts, followed by an early bed time.
"I am so accustomed to my routine here at school, between classes and studying and lifts and practices that it has become easy to become like a robot," she admits.
Simpson will not only be graduating as a public policy & law major at Trinity's Commencement ceremony on Sunday, but will finish her undergraduate degree with an impressive g.p.a. hovering above 3.8.
One of the most rewarding opportunities of Simpson's college life has been studying abroad in Rome as a junior. With a much different pace of life, studying abroad allowed her to slow down and live a more "in-the-present-moment lifestyle".
"My time at Trinity is overflowing with good memories," Simpson reasoned. "While it was honestly overwhelming sometimes trying to juggle academics, internships, athletics, and my social life, I am so grateful to be leaving Trinity knowing that I gave it all that I had to give and took all that I could from what it had to offer."
Trinity hosts Franklin & Marshall Saturday in the NCAA's and with a win against the Diplomats and another on Sunday, the Bantams will play in the NCAA Final Four for the sixth year in a row next weekend in Virginia. Hopefully Simpson's good memories will continue to flow until the end of the month.
written by Alex Levin '20