National Student-Athlete Day: Stetson's Julie Varga & Jacob Ludwick

National Student-Athlete Day: Stetson's Julie Varga & Jacob Ludwick



ATLANTA, Ga. –
 In celebration of the 26th annual NCAA National Student-Athlete Day, the ASUN Conference is highlighting senior student-athletes from all nine of its member institutions. These individuals have left an incredible impact on their campuses through their hardwork in competition, training, the classroom and in all aspects of collegiate athletics.

The seniors selected by Stetson were Julie Varga (Volleyball & Beach Volleyball) and Jacob Ludwick (Men's Golf) as they answered a few questions about their time & development in DeLand on Stetson's campus.

Julie Varga, Volleyball & Beach Volleyball 
Q1: How do you feel you have most impacted your college campus during your time there?

- Being an active member of the student-athlete community, as well as my participation in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Additionally, I feel like I have been able to uphold the elite standards of a student-athlete by being successful in the classroom and out on the court.

Q2: What has been your favorite moment during your time on campus?
- In terms of athletics, my best moment at Stetson is probably being apart of the 2018 indoor program under Head Coach Yang Deng. I was so proud to be able to contribute to the success we had this past fall. Being in a leader role and seeing how the team continued to get better and moving the program in the right direction was huge.

Q3: What other individuals have helped you along the way in college whether it be teammates, coaches, professors or others?
- Being at a small institution where each department is pretty small gives room for closer relationships with professors and faculty members. Being able to build good relationships off the court made it easier for me to succeed and thrive as a student-athlete. The professors at Stetson are able to devote so much time to their student, I am very fortunate to have had good mentors that have made my experience at Stetson the best it could be.

Q4: How have you grown during your time on campus?
- Participating in two sports, both indoor and beach volleyball, throughout my college career has definitely had an impact on me as a student-athlete. I have learned valuable life skills like being accountable, trustworthy, caring and resilient. The challenging of balancing a busy day-to-day schedule provided me with the opportunity for personal growth and has made me into who I am today.

Jacob Ludwick, Men's Golf
Q1: How do you feel you have most impacted your college campus during your time there?
- I feel like I have set a positive example to the underclassmen on our team. I believe I have been able give them insights on how to be successful in college. On campus, I have always taken the opportunity to help other students out in their studies.

Q2: What has been your favorite moment during your time on campus?
- My favorite moment in college is receiving my job offer from Charles Schwab. It showed all of the hard work and dedication I put into my studies paid off. Furthermore, my coach and teammates were so ecstatic for me and were so proud of me.

Q3: What other individuals have helped you along the way in college whether it be teammates, coaches, professors or others?
- My coach has definitely helped me a lot in college. He helped me through my problems and had my back no matter what. He taught me how to be a true gentleman. Also, my finance professor, Matthew Hurst, gave me so much insight into the financial industry and truly is a mentor to me.

Q4: How have you grown during your time on campus?
- I have grown to be a leader and a pretty good student during my time at Stetson. I have dedicated my time to succeeding academically and to helping my teammates succeed any way I can.