Olivia Gott is a student athlete at the prestigious University of Virginia (UVA), located in the town of Charlottesville. 2015 alumna Olivia Gott is currently a senior at the university. She plays softball and is majoring in English. She spoke to The Circuit’s Abbie Ballard.
What is it like being a college athlete?
Being a college athlete is an experience that I wish everyone had the opportunity to fulfill. The people you meet and the relationships you create from softball and other activities are ones that will last forever. I applied to a UVA program called I Am More (IAM) that helped me strengthen my resume and networking skills and make connections to others. Along with all of this, I have had the opportunity to play for an institution that is ranked as one of the most prestigious in America time and time again.
What makes UVA unique?
The community here is very welcoming, spirited, loving, kind and to say the least, happy. I think the reason why I fell in love with Charlottesville so quickly is because it is real life. There is a lot of history here that I do not get to experience when I visit my hometown of Weston, Florida.
Is being an athlete and a student hard to handle? Why?
Being an English major, there is not a lot of outside studying. At times, yes, it is tough. However, if you have a strong foundation that wakes you up every morning ready to attack the day, you can remain athletically eligible. Then, you will find a way to pull your weight in the classroom.
What is your advice to incoming freshman?
My incoming advice to freshman would be to advocate for yourself. You should understand that adaptability is the key to survival and that leadership is a lonely place; however, it is okay to separate yourself from the pack.
What do you love the most about UVA?
At UVA, I am more exposed to what the world is really like. UVA allows me to step outside of my comfort zone and get involved. I am a different person, and for that, I am grateful. Charlottesville is also a very diverse city, which I love.
Why did you choose UVA to continue your athletic and academic career?
I chose UVA because it was the best fit for me academically and athletically. I wanted a school that was very spirited. Yet, in the event that a softball career does not work out, I am graduating with a bachelor’s degree from a school that is well known for academics as well.