Kaitlin Olmstead RSC ’09, Sage President Chris Ames, Rebecca Marszalek Alarcon RSC ’12 and Athletics Director Sandy Augstein-Collins RSC ’87 at the Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony honoring Olmstead and Alarcon.

Kaitlin Olmstead RSC ’09, Sage President Chris Ames, Rebecca Marszalek Alarcon RSC ’12 and Athletics Director Sandy Augstein-Collins RSC ’87 at the Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony honoring Olmstead and Alarcon.

Russell Sage College Nursing graduate Rebecca Marszalek Alarcon ’12 knew she wanted to work in labor, delivery and post-partum care after her clinical rotation in those areas as a student. She also knew that those jobs are filled fast, often with experienced nurses. “Although I did not have my dream position in 2012, what I did have was a job immediately after graduation because a bachelor’s degree from The Sage Colleges makes you marketable,” she said. She was also resilient and goal-oriented, she continued, thanks to her experience as a student-athlete. She worked hard at her first job – in a medical-surgical area – and within two years was offered a position in labor and delivery. “Today, I am exactly where I wanted to be when I graduated,” she said. “I love being part of such a joyful time in people’s lives. In some situations it’s not a happy time and it’s equally as rewarding to be there in a time of need.”

Alarcon was recently inducted into Sage’s Athletics Hall of Fame for her achievements on the women’s soccer team between 2008 and 2011. The occasion inspired her to reflect on connections between her experience as a student-athlete and her work as a nurse. “Labor and delivery is an area where I get to use critical thinking often, things are always changing and you have to be able adapt. I love the fast-paced environment,” she said. “You have to trust the team you have with you in that moment. You have to work together and communicate effectively. Everyone has to know how to lead and how to follow – both skills are important because not everyone can always be the leader. Regardless of the outcome, you have to be able to regroup, discuss what worked and what didn’t work with your team, and be ready for the next time.”

Alarcon’s achievements on the soccer field earned accolades from the Skyline Conference and ECAC, including recognition as Player of the Week at the end of October 2011, and as a member of the Skyline Conference All-Star First Team in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She set several Sage records and was named Gator of the Year in 2011. “This is recognition of my individual accomplishments, but in a team sport like soccer, individual accomplishments are not possible without your teammates,” she said upon her induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame. “We were a family. We fought, we bonded, we had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Some of these girls became my best friends that I know I will have for life.”

Read more about Rebecca Marszalek Alarcon’s achievements as a student-athlete.