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Erin Law: Scoring Goals in Life
The college experience at BBC&S is more than outstanding academics. That is especially true for Erin Law, who is gaining real hands-on experience through her time on the soccer field as well as in the classroom.
Erin, a junior Counseling major, has been playing soccer since she was five years old. A key part of the Lady Defenders team, Erin was named the NCCAA II Women's Soccer National Player of the Year. She led the team with 20 goals and 43 points.
During her sophomore year, Erin returned to New Hampshire to study through online distance learning courses. She completed a full year of credits online and returned to campus for her final two years.
In the future, Erin hopes to impact high school and college women through coaching, much like her coaches have influenced her. She plans to graduate in May 2012.
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What led you to BBC?
Honestly, BBC wasn't the place I initially thought I would attend college. My senior year of high school I only applied to two colleges. One was a secular school and the other was a Christian school. One was 20 minutes from home and the other was six hours away. One was soccer-focused and the other was God-focused. I know God needed to be my main focus and then everything else would follow, so I chose BBC.
What program are you in and why?
I am a Counseling major. I chose this major for a few reasons. Being an instrument of God, I want Him to use me in people's lives to help guide and direct them to the true meaning of Truth and everlasting hope, Jesus Christ. There have been many hardships in my own life. As I look back, there have been devoted people of God that have been there for me and always pointed me back to His truth. I would like to be that someone for another person.
How were you led to faith in Jesus Christ?
I did not grow up in a Christian home, but when I was 11 I was put into a Baptist school. The people there talked about being saved, but it didn't make sense to me until I was 14. I prayed and I believed everything I said, but without the Christian influences at home, things were always a little harder. Over time, some of my family came to faith in Christ, but we were all very young in our faith. When I was 18, though, after a series of tough trials, I reached my breaking point and rededicated my life to Christ. Since that day, I haven't looked back, and I continue to press on living my life solely for God.
What do you like most about playing soccer?
I don't know if there is one thing I like most. Part of it is for development of my skills and abilities, finally mastering something after working hard on it for so long. The other part is my team. For the past 16 years, I have bonded with many individuals who have had the same drive and passion for this sport. Another part is the relationship between the coaches and me. They have been a positive example on me while I was working hard on and off the field.
Why do you love soccer so much?
It is hard to try to put that feeling into words. I love soccer because it's something God has added to my life as a way to worship and love Him. Of course, I love the victories and even the losses. Both have provided different insights on the game, but soccer is more than a win or a loss. I believe what matters most is that I play every game like it's the last day I have to play. Not only that, but that I play as God would desire me to play with everything I have to give.
How are you planning to use your soccer experiences in the future? Someday I would love to coach girls at the high school or college level. Being able to coach has been a passion of mine for quite sometime. I would love the opportunity to show them how soccer is a way to have fun and to glorify God.
Do you play any other sports?
Growing up, I was blessed to have parents who were very involved in my athletics. At a young age, my dad began coaching me for soccer and my mum would always bring me to the games. When I was younger, I also participated in softball, basketball, and volleyball. Now that I am in college, I have devoted my time to playing soccer and softball.
For your sophomore year, you did all online classes. Why?
Taking online classes was not on my agenda as I finished my freshman year of college, but God had different plans for me that upcoming year. It was most definitely a learning and growing year unlike any other time in my life, but it has provided me with lessons I am able to apply to my life still today.
What did you like most about online classes?
Doing online classes allowed me the flexibility of doing my school work at a time that worked best for my schedule, and I was able to learn a different way than I had in the past.
What was the biggest challenge of online classes?
Learning to balance my school load with my job, my family, my friends, church activities, and sport activities. It was different not having to attend my classes in a classroom setting, but it also provided many advantages, such as being able to travel with my family to Oklahoma that fall to watch my little brother graduate from basic training. Little did I know he would be sent to Afghanistan a year later. It never ceases to amaze me how God allows tough situations to become blessings.
What would you like to do after you graduate?
I do not have set plans, but I would love to spend time traveling. I also want to be an influence in some way to high school- or college-age girls, whether it is through coaching or in some other way. Really, wherever God would like me to go is where I want to go.
Who has had the biggest influence on you at BBC?
Many people have influenced my life here, but there are few that have been able to watch me grow from when I was a freshman until now. Coach Chris Davis, Coach Bill Higley, and Coach Mike Show have all been great examples to follow. They have challenged me in sports, in school, and in my walk with God. They have made time to not only get to know me, but also my family who is very important in my life. They push me to be better in everything I do. I appreciate their willingness and the time they put in for their athletes and students.
Ken Morris (Director of Safety & Security) has also taught me a lot about God's love. He is always willing to do things for people, whether it is writing a letter to my brother in Afghanistan or a simple task such as fixing my broken rearview mirror. It may seem minor to some, but he has demonstrated great acts of kindness and love in my life.
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Posted on: 4/8/2011 5:17:00 PM
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