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Division III Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Jessica Monroe

D3 Week Graphic - Jessica Monroe (Women's Swimming)

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the eighth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 1-7) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and the surrounding community. GU is joining nearly 450 Division III institutions and 43 conferences in this week’s celebration.

To help focus on the many student-athletes that represent Gallaudet athletics we will spotlight two different student-athlete each day this week. You will learn more about them as they express their feelings on what it is like to be a Division III student-athlete here at Gallaudet. Interviews were conducted by the Gallaudet Sports Information Office.

Junior Jessica Monroe (Senoia, Ga.) is in her third season with the Gallaudet women's swimming and diving team. Monroe is on track to graduate next year (May 2020), and currently her major is undeclared.

In My Own Words: Jessica Monroe

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
JM: Being a student-athlete in college is not easy to manage. I believe that time management skills is what I really need to focus on. I want a great experience in college, I want to be able to make right choices, because I will learn from them and become independent.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
JM: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet University, a Deaf University, is great because I never attended a college with a deaf program. At the beginning, I felt overwhelmed and shy around deaf people where I kept to myself. Finally, when I felt comfortable, I started to communicate more with them. 

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
JM: After I graduate, I plan to stay in my hometown and look for job that relates with math. I also plan to open my own business with art.   

From your three years swimming was there anything you learned that you were able to apply to life?
JM: From my three years of swimming experience at Gallaudet University, I learned about teamwork, academic commitment and challenges with my skills in swimming. The special moment here being on the Gallaudet University swimming team is that my teammates will always support me and encourage me to be positive.

Division III Week Fact of the Day
NCAA Division III has the highest percentage of women in conference commissioner roles.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Saturday: Shawn Daniels (Men's Basketball) | Jessica Monroe (Women’s Swimming)
Friday: Sean O’Callaghan (Men's Soccer) | Carina Dominguez-Can (Women's Track)
Thursday: Joesph Mendis (Football) | Sharon Castillo (Women’s Soccer)
Wednesday: Kai Christenberry (Men's Track) | Elizabeth Stern (Softball)
Tuesday: Cameron Upton (Baseball) | Taylor Nguyen (Women's Cross Country)
Monday: Rett Jala (Men’s Swimming) | Juliana Bahan (Women's Basketball)

About Division III Week
Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement. For more information log onto

About Gallaudet

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world. For more information about Gallaudet University please log onto