ATLANTA, Ga. - In the ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the league that have excelled in the classroom and taken a Students First mentality during their time as a student-athlete. Throughout the year, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomize the conference's beam of Students First.
Senior Cross Country and Track & Field student-athlete Audrey Carpenter is a triple major in Communications, Political Science and Spanish while holding down a 3.79 GPA. She has earned distinction on the ASUN Academic Honor Roll for the last two years as well as garnering ASUN All-Academic Honors twice in Cross Country (2017, 18) and selections to both the Indoor & Outdoor All-Academic Teams over the past year.
"I want to be learning through all that I do in everything in my life," said Carpenter. "I want to learn how to be a better athlete, student, and friend. It's a life motto rather than just regarding academics."
In 2016-17, she partook in a transformational learning experience outside of the classroom. The conference she attended was Prison Reform and Solutions with a concentration in journalism in Tallahassee, Florida. Also, during her time at North Florida she traveled abroad where she put her Spanish degree to good use. Carpenter plans to work for a non-profit after graduation and hopes to one day head a non-profit organization.
"We start with people, values, character, making good decisions, and doing positive things in the classroom and applying themselves to that work," North Florida Head Coach Jeff Pigg said. "Audrey is kind of the whole package."
"The first thing is that Audrey's time management skills are amazing," said Dee Kennedy, UNF Associate AD of Academic Services. "She has three majors and is on track to graduate cum laude. She's also an accomplished athlete, and you still have to manage that time. Time management is one of her best qualities and on top of that, she's very determined and she knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go out and get it."
"Post-graduation I know in whatever I do being an athlete will have helped me," Carpenter said. "It taught me discipline, time management, and how to be a leader and a team player. All of these things transfer over easily into the job market."
This weekend, North Florida hosts the 2019 ASUN Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Hodges Stadium, Carpenter enters the conference meet having set two personal records in her senior outdoor season (1,500m & 3,000m Steeplechase). She owns the third-fastest time in the ASUN for the steeplechase and sixth for the 1,500m as she looks to add to her illustrious career as an Osprey.