While you may leave the game, the affects the experience has on you can linger in a positive way for years to come. That can be said about 20 year old Deirdre Pearsall, currently a third-year public relations major at the University of Florida. As a soccer player growing up, Pearsall quickly showed that she was a gifted athlete and a natural fit on the soccer pitch. In the 8th grade, she began to play travel ball. Her freshman year of high school, Pearsall already found herself on the Women’s Varsity High School team. From that point, she got better. After playing on the Varsity team her sophomore year, Pearsall was named and acted as the Varsity team captain both Junior and Senior year. At the end of her senior year, she had a decision to make: Continue pursuing soccer as a college athlete, or focus on being a student and betting on her work in the classroom and not on the field.
Pearsall decided that the life of a collegiate athlete was not one she wanted to live while also trying to manage her academics, her job, and her overall development while at UF. As a PR major, Deirdre has shown initiative and a robust work ethic that has allowed her to graduate in August 2016, two semesters early. When asked what she looks forward to as a Public Relations professional, Pearsall said she loves the world of branding. Whether it’s building someone’s personal image, or helping them create a profile that appeals to the line of work they are going into, she loves having the ability to make tangible change in a a difficult field.
As Pearsall looks forward, she gains confidence from an internship she completed in the summer of 2015. While working for Orchid Island Events in North Carolina, she learned the ins and outs of event management that fit in perfectly with her minor in that field. After working for a few years, Pearsall believes that a graduate program, maybe even law school, could be a real option. As of now, she is ready to move on from the classroom and put her experiences and education to the test. All of the hours spent studying, working, and training have molded her into exactly the type of individual who could finish school early and never miss a beat.
1 TIMOTHY 4:12
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”