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Feature Friday: Devon Satnick

TGIF! Happy Friday, everyone! This week we are focusing on Devon Satnick, graduate of Denison University. Devon was a thriving Field Hockey player at Denison, being named to the Honorable Mention NCAC team in 2009. Devon earned a B.A. in History and completed a study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa 🤩 Read on to learn about Devon's collegiate athletic participation!

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GamePlan: If you could sum up your college athletic experience in one word, what would it be?

Devon: Lifelong

GamePlan: What is a lesson(s) you learned while playing college athletics?

Devon: College athletics taught me time management skills, how to collaborate well with others, and how to handle tough moments of failure/rejection!

GamePlan: What is one of the hardest moments you had to get through while going through the recruiting process?

Devon: The hardest moment was where to start. I didn't know what type of school I wanted and how it correlated with D1/D2/D3 and I also didn't recognize the difference between divisions. I actually committed to a D1 field hockey team but after I did my overnight visit (had only done day visits before) I realized the D1 lifestyle wasn't for me. One thing that I learned during that overnight was that it would be impossible to balance field hockey alongside sorority life and being in a sorority was something I was excited about for college.

GamePlan: What is your favorite memory from playing college sports?

Devon: My favorite memories are the moments of synergy that I felt on the field with my teammates. Also, just the fun bus rides...what's better than being stuck on a bus with 20 other girls for 7 hrs??? But seriously lots of show tunes singalongs, hair braiding tutorials, and hilarious napping positions.

GamePlan: What is one of the hardest moments you had to get through while playing college sports?

Devon: One of the hardest moments was understanding how to balance school work and practice/games my freshman year. I was excited that I was starting every game and was thrilled to play with such awesome girls but that pulled me a bit away from my studies and this was an immediate learning lesson.

GamePlan: What advice do you have for student-athletes who are trying to play at the collegiate level?

Devon: My advice is to really consider where you want sports to take you after college because they are a big commitment so it's important to get a sense of what you want out of this experience while ALSO considering the other things you want to get out of a college experience.

GamePlan: Preach!

GamePlan: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything? If so, what would you do differently?

Devon: I would have not pulled out of a D1 commitment if I had more information or guidance going into it. Other than that NO!

GamePlan: What are you up to now?

Devon: I am the Director of Talent at a CRE tech company in New York City where I run all recruitment for the company as well as manage a team. Prior to this I was an incredibly successful agency recruiter and was consistently at the top of the leaderboard. I am newly engaged to my amazing fiancé and we share our perfect lil pup, Stella. I like to think of myself as someone who's incredibly outgoing and social so I surround myself with friends from birth to friends I met randomly on the streets of NYC. Fun facts- I've been to every continent except Antartica and have jumped the highest bungee jump in the world two times!

GamePlan: What role did athletics play in helping you get to where you are now?

Devon: Athletics absolutely furthered my already intrinsic competitive edge and taught me how to work with people from a diverse set of backgrounds.

GamePlan: Anything else you’d like to share?

Devon: I wish I had something like this when I was going through this time in my life! It would have been invaluable.

GamePlan: 😍

Thank you, Devon! Love hearing about your time playing college sports while balancing school work and other extracurriculars. It IS possible to compete as an athlete and have a life off the court/field!


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