Day in the Life of Student Athlete: Mackie Goodwin


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Mackie Goodwin practices in the gym with the softball team.

Anne Zukowski , Asst. Web Editor

Mackie Goodwin, an exercise science major, has been playing softball for six years. A freshman on the softball team, her position is currently covering left field and third base. 

When she’s not practicing or training, she is balancing a social life with friends and her Zeta Phi Delta sorority sisters, studying for her 16 credits of coursework, or napping when she has extra time between classes.

Her least favorite class this semester is microbiology lecture because it has a lot of detailed math, and her favorite class is anatomy.

Goodwin is a member of the Maxis-Gillet service scholarship program. She manages to fit in 215 hours of community service per year despite her busy schedule.

Also, she pledges in her Zeta Phi Delta social-service sorority by participating in service events and fundraising activities for breast cancer associations.

“We do have more free time in college, so without practice or other clubs, I wouldn’t be able to manage my free time,” said Goodwin.

Assistant softball Coach Nicole Malloy, who is also coordinator of intramurals and recreation, had high praise for the freshmen on the team, including Goodwin. Malloy also believes the bond between the softball teammates has been strong since the beginning of the season.

“The freshmen are starting to work well with each other. We have a lot of good chemistry on this team,” said Malloy.

Malloy also noted Goodwin is quick on the bases, has a strong arm, and understands the game.

“Personalitiy-wise, she is a fun, upbeat type of player, has a positive attitude, works hard, very smart, picks up on things very quickly, and seems to balance academics and college well,” said Malloy.

Besides working for a win at the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) championship this season, Goodwin wants her team to continue growing mentally and physically stronger.

Although Goodwin has a lot of different obligations on the field and off it, she sees the benefits of being a student-athlete.

“Playing softball is a lot about time management, but in the end, it’ll be worth it to play with these girls,” Goodwin said.

After college, Goodwin plans on seeking her master’s degree to further her career as an occupational therapist.

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