“Get out there. Go get more experience. Visit the schools. Apply for the scholarships. Make them notice you.” –T’Keyia Collins
T’Keyia Collins (pictured right) is known on campus as a student-athlete, but she’s also a transfer student. TK has had Olivet on her radar since graduating from high school, and was recruited to the The University of Olivet Women’s Basketball Team. She decided to attend community college her freshman year and transferred to another community college her second year. TK didn’t forget about Olivet, though, and finally transferred to OC for her third year of college. “Olivet is a small town with a big heart,” TK said. “It’s a good fit for me because both my coaches and professors were able to push me out of my comfort zone to make me better.”
For the Love of the Game
“Transferring isn’t easy, but it is worth it to find a place where you can be comfortable,” said TK. “It was a tough decision to make, but overall, I’m glad I’m here because this is where I found consistency and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Go Comets!” For TK, describing basketball as a passion is not nearly a strong enough word. A dribbling ball matches the rhythm of her heartbeat, and it’s also what makes Olivet home for her. Playing college basketball was nonnegotiable for TK, but she also wants the sport to continue into her career. Olivet has provided her the ability to be a student-athlete as well as earn an education that directly relates to her love of the game.
Faculty for the Assist
Now, TK is majoring in journalism and mass communication with a concentration in sports broadcasting and minoring in coaching. Her ultimate goal is to broadcast for the Women’s National Basketball Association. TK is confident that Olivet is the right place to help her achieve that goal with Professor Joanne Williams’ support. “Joanne is my advisor and has consistently been my professor as well,” said TK. “I appreciate her a lot and realize that if you give her your all, then she’ll go the extra mile to help you pass that finish line.”
Consider a Transfer for Yourself
TK has taken time to experience college and make sure that she is in the right place. “Just weigh out your options and have an idea of what’s going to happen before you get there.” It might have taken TK two years to do just that, but in the end it’s all paying off.
Olivet is still accepting students for the fall class, but time is running out! One day can make a huge impact on your future, so schedule your visit now and see this great place for yourself. Apply online (it’s free!) and schedule your visit, you’ll receive $100 off your deposit!