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.
In her four years at Kennesaw State, Liesl Engelbrecht has not just shined on the court, she's been a star off of it as well; a true student-athlete. Engelbrecht, a 2018 ASUN All-Academic selection, sports a 3.86 GPA as a Psychology major. Over the past two semesters, Engelbrecht has served as a Teacher's Assistant for Introduction to Psychology at KSU, while also finding time to work as an intern with the Georgia Psychological Association.
Her work at the Georgia Psychological Association led to a paid job during the summer of 2018. She currently runs a Psychologist's social media page, where she posts current psychological information, comment on recent studies and provide quotes and advice. Over this past summer, Engelbrecht participated in a study abroad program, Psychology in Peru, where she took six upper-level psychology classes.
She is currently working as a Research Assistant under Dr. Gail Scott, conducting a diversity study in conjunction with the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences, which is the largest university in Peru. They will present their findings at a conference in Peru in the spring of 2019. Between her activities on and off the court, Engelbrecht sees herself as a students first and explains what students first means to her.
"Student first means a lot of things. It means not getting behind on your work when you have games. It is contacting your professors," Engelbrecht emphasized. "It's making sure you're aware of your due dates. It means bringing your homework with you when your out on the road. There are a whole lot of things that come with the saying student first."
Engelbrecht ended her Kennesaw State Volleyball career as the program leader in blocks with 366. She was an instrumental part on KSU's first-ever NCAA Tournament team in 2017 and helped the Owls set a program record for wins in back-to-back seasons with 21 in 2017 and 24 in 2018. Engelbrecht's Head Coach, Keith Schunzel says Engelbrecht came to KSU as a student first and that is one of the reasons why she will succeed after college.
"The first thing I think of is that she is a student and she came here wanting to do things academically, wanting to find what her passions was. She's getting into the Psychology field, which is such a broad field, but she is so good with people and connecting with others that she will figure out what niche of that is hers. She loves challenging herself, being a student and figuring out what she's going to do with her career, and that is pretty cool," Schunzel said.
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