Day in the Life of an Athlete: Angelique Santos ‘17
Angelique Santos ‘17, who has gone by the nickname of Toni since a young girl, is a Pacific women’s softball player currently studying education with a concentration in TESOL.
Up until her sophomore year of high school, Santos played both softball and soccer, eventually ending her soccer career since she did not have enough time and energy for both sports.
By the time sophomore year of high school rolled around, both Santos and her best friend had been recruited by and verbally committed to University of Califonia, Riverside. However, only 10 months later, the coaching staff there was fired, causing chaos in their Athletics department. The following September, Santos and her best friend de-committed.
Next, Santos was recruited by and committed to Temple University, where she eventually attended after graduating high school. After her freshman year, however, her softball team, along with the school’s baseball, men’s gymnastics, men’s track and men’s and women’s rowing, was cut. Santos played out the rest of her season and decided to transfer to Pacific after a visit in the summer of 2014.
“I chose Pacific because it reminded me of a family and also like a school from the East coast, which I had grown accustomed to,” explained Santos.
Nanxi: How has being a student-athlete impacted your time at Pacific?
Angelique: I have met so many amazing people who will be in my life for years to come. Being an athlete is so much more than just getting the privilege to play your sport. It is all for something that is so much bigger than you, and that makes the long exhausting days all worth it.
Nanxi: What is the most challenging part of being a student athlete?
Angelique: Time management is the most difficult. There just seems to not be enough time in the day to get everything done. The positive we take out of that is it is preparing us for the real world, which truly doesn’t get any easier. The only thing that will be different is the physical exhaustion won’t be so prominent.
Nanxi: What has been the most rewarding part?
Angelique: I would have to say achieving in something that has been a struggle for you. For example, I took 18 units during my season last year and passed all of my classes, even the one I was struggling in, or getting recognized for the 3.0 and Higher award. I know these grades are mediocre, but when you’re doing homework on the bus while getting car sick after a 6-hour double header, or taking an exam after a long day of a tournament while your teammates get ready for bed, it seems to be an accomplishment to us. We work very hard at everything. So, just because we look like we rolled out of bed 24/7 doesn’t mean we don’t handle our business. Because to be quite frank, if we didn’t we would not be here representing this school.
Nanxi: Do you have any heroes or people you look up to who have inspired you?
Angelique: I have a teammate who I truly look up to. She works extremely hard at everything she does and comes out on top every time. She stays true to her beliefs and encourages all. I truly look up to her. Another individual is a dear friend of mine on the field hockey team. She acquires a lot of the same traits I see in my teammates, and I aspire to be a version of them. They keep me going.
Nanxi: Some people say that sports teams can be very cliquey. What do you say about that?
Angelique: I believe this is how it appears on the outside, but to be honest, your team becomes your second family. You are constantly with them, whether it’s by choice or voluntarily. So, how can they not become your clique? In our sports, we all put everything we have on the line for each of our teammates. We do so because that’s what it means to be on a team, to do it all for the person standing next to you. So, that stereotype is true, but it’s almost inevitable when you are trained to have their backs.
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