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