Abigail Monson can probably jump higher than most people.
She graduated from Cherry Creek High School near Denver, Colo., in 2008 and came to WVU on a full volleyball scholarship.
So, she can jump, but that's not all. She's also fluent in Spanish.
She hopes to combine her love for athletics, knowledge of Spanish and a degree in marketing into a career with the likes of Nike or Under Armour.
"I would love to get my MBA, and my dream job in the future is to work for a major athletic corporation, like Nike or Under Armor. This way, I could combine my business degree, Spanish degree and my love for sports," she said.
Monson began her college education in accounting, but switched, and now she's glad she did. "I was originally an accounting major, and I decided after a few classes that it just wasn't exactly what I enjoy doing. So, I tried out some management classes and fell in love with it because it gives me the opportunity to work directly with many people, yet still have an incredible amount of responsibility," she commented.
As she begins her senior season with the WVU varsity women's volleyball team, she hopes to get on the court as much as possible. "I'm a very competitive person, but I realize that no one person will be playing on the court at all times," she said. "With 15 to 17 girls on the team each year, and only six getting to play at a time, I have been a strong off-the-court leader, helping with communication, spirit and that extra boost of confidence. This year, I hope to be seeing more court time and use my leadership on the court more as well."
In the classroom, Monson is definitely scoring. She said she has enjoyed her academic focus and her professor's help. "Dr. David Dawley, Dr. Virginia Kleist and Dr. Timothy Munyon are just a few of the most influential professors that I've had here. I've enjoyed all of their classes, too. Each has shown concern for me as a person when I was going through a rough period of time in my family life, and they have all offered to help me further my knowledge on different subjects or offer advice for my future."
Monson is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and has been on the College of Business and Economics Dean's List and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Certificate of Achievement list since 2008. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship from 2009 to 2010, and she is planning for leadership, whether on the court or in a profession.
"Leadership on an athletic court is a solid foundation for leadership in the business world, especially in team sports," she commented. "Volleyball prepares me for working with other people to accomplish a common goal. I have to use effective communication, on and off the court. I must stay positive and encouraging, and be a good role model to others on my team, so they will want to follow in my steps to accomplish the task at hand. Leadership requires working well with others and seeing all points of view. You have to be assertive, competitive, and directive, and athletics helps with all of those characteristics."