ATLANTA, Ga. - In the ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the league that have excelled in the classroom and taken a Students First mentality during their time as a student-athlete. Throughout the year, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomizes the conference's beam of Students First.
Shannon Turner's academic prowess stacks up with the best that the ASUN Conference has to offer as she owns a 4.0 GPA at NJIT, while majoring in Chemical Engineering. A four-time selection to the ASUN All-Academic Team, Turner is a member of numerous academic organizations including Chi Alpha Sigma, Omega Chi Epsilon - Eta Chapter, NJIT Albert Dorman Honors College and has been selected to the Dean's List in all six semesters entering her senior season. Competing in throwing events for NJIT's Track & Field program, Turner has set the program's record in the hammer and weight throws.
"My attitude is that I've always been a perfectionist in just about everything," Turner stated about herself. "When it comes to classes, it is my grades or when it comes to Track & Field it is my performance. I have a habit of being too hard on myself, but overall I feel like it makes me a better student-athlete."
"We look for and emphasize three things in our student-athletes; Love Your Event, Make the Commitment & Do the Work," John Crawford, NJIT's Track & Field Assistant Coach emphasized. "For some people that is hard and for some people it just comes natural. For Shannon, she is one of those people where it comes natural. At bottom it comes down to passion and she has a passion for her academics and thankfully has passion for becoming the best thrower she can be."
On top of her academic and athletic responsibilities and commitments, Turner has served as NJIT's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President & Vice President over the past two years. The senior thrower works as a Student Employee with the NJIT Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), while also competing with NJIT's Chem-E-Car program. She was recently tabbed as NJIT's recipient of the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW) Woman of the Year award.
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