Sage student-athletes Tyler Schnaible and Kiersten Duncan at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum.

Sage student-athletes Tyler Schnaible and Kiersten Duncan at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum.

“Softball is my de-stressor,” said Nursing major Kiersten Duncan RSC ’19. “After a long day at clinical or a week full of tests, I’m able to go hang out with my team and practice and do what I love most.” She was thrilled to be one of two student-athletes nominated by their coaches to represent Sage at the NCAA Student Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. in November.

Highlights included meeting like-minded student-athletes from across the country, phenomenal guest speakers and a fast-paced community service project. “Student athletes like to compete,” Duncan said, describing how they broke into teams to fill toiletry bags for homeless shelters. “Four groups competed against each other. We completed 2500 bags in 20 minutes as a group! How awesome!”

Duncan, who is one of three women’s softball captains, said the conference gave her a deeper appreciation for the connections between teamwork and leadership. It’s a philosophy she’ll apply in the classroom and her future career, too. “In the nursing setting, I’m always working collaboratively with classmates, professors and patients and being able to work together and apply those skills will be crucial.”

“I’ve always been into sciences and the health field and Sage is so well known around here,” said Duncan, of what attracted her to Russell Sage. “I love that Sage is a small school and local for me so I commute every day from home. I would love to become a Nurse Practitioner and attend Sage for that program as well.”