By Madison Moore ’15
Coming from a large school to a small school is a big change, but for junior Alexis Maylor, it is one of the many reasons why she can pursue excellence in both academics and sports. Her main motive from transferring was so she could focus on achieving her dream of becoming an veterinarian, while still participating in athletics.
Maylor transferred from the University of Maine to Delaware Valley College after her freshman year. She wanted to continue to pursue track and field, but was looking to do it on a smaller scale.
She has been involved with track and field for eight years, and she “couldn’t imagine not being a part of it. You need to know there is dedication and time involved [when playing a college sport],” said Maylor. “You are a dedicated student-athlete but you have to be a student first.”
“I was turning into an athlete student, instead of a student athlete,” said Maylor.
She has found a way to balance academics and athletics – and has excelled at both.
As a student, she has maintained a 3.8 GPA. Combine that with the hands-on experiences DelVal specializes in and she is on the path to be able to pursue her dream right out of college. As an athlete, she won 2012 and 2013 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Indoor track and Field Championships, setting both school and conference records. She was named MAC Female Field Athlete of the Year for the outdoor championships.
She said she would recommend playing a sport in college to any student graduating from high school, but she would advise them to keep their goals for school in mind.
“You need to know there is dedication and time involved [when playing a college sport],” said Maylor. “You are a dedicated student athlete but you also need to juggle school.”
Maylor is able to balance track and field, and has found time to stay involved in other areas on campus. She is president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a member of Block and Bridle and the Dairy Society, and is a resident advisor for South Hall.
Her involvement with SAAC is to reach out to athletes, getting them more involved on campus by participating in community events like Toys for Tots and Wounded Soldiers.
Maylor is also captain of the track team where she acts as a role model for other teammates and “leads by example.”
Her achievements in track and field are what she uses to stay motivated, but ultimately, it’s her childhood dream of being a veterinarian that keeps her focused on her success.
“Going to DelVal was the best decision I made,” said Maylor.