24 Jul CBC Spotlight: Kurtsy Oswald
Former Central Baptist College women’s soccer player Kurtsy Oswald is featured this week in the school’s Alumni Spotlight series featured during the summer.
Oswald is a 2013 graduate of CBC with a degree in biology. She played on the women’s soccer team for former coach Justin Hawkins from 2009-10. She spent her final years at CBC just concentrating on earning her degree. She just recently graduated from the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va., and followed that with a first-year residency in emergency medicine at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va.
Oswald said that she originally heard about CBC from her high school soccer coach, who was friends with Hawkins.
She wanted to play college soccer so she worked with Hawkins and they got her eligible. As a freshman, Oswald scored her only career goal and she played in 25 games overall in two seasons.
When asked what her best experience was, Oswald said, “The relationships that I made with my teammates. My best friend even now was also a year ahead of me.”
She said that the most valuable lesson she learned was how to network from administration. “Every relationship is important in life,” Oswald added. “It helps you develop professionally. I was involved with the President’s Leadership Council, which was huge in my professional development and I still adhere to some of the principles I learned there.”
When asked how CBC has influenced her professional life, Oswald responded, “CBC does a great job of making you introspective on your purpose in life. I was at a conference recently and I got that reaffirmed by what I heard there. We discussed what our purpose was and burnout and I remembered that CBC made me really introspective and it helped me understand my purpose.”
When asked what advice she would give to incoming students interested in CBC, Oswald replied, “Really live up the experience. It was an awesome four years and being at a small college is an awesome way to make long-term relationships. Enjoy every day being carefree. The real learning comes from the relationships that you will make. You will find your people and that will make these four years memorable.”
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