Senior Spotlight: Hannah Mitchell

By Amanda Duchsherer
Digital Communication Specialist

MINOT, N.D. – Hannah Mitchell first considered attending Minot State because of the opportunity to continue her soccer career.

“When I came on my visit for soccer — I went to several different schools to visit — what really stuck out at Minot was just how nice the people were. That was the big set apart,” she said.

As a corporate fitness and wellness management major, business management minor, student-athlete, and member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Minot State Club of Physical Educators (MSCOPE), it is the people and the relationships she has made that continue to be Mitchell’s favorite part of the University.

“Hannah is a true joy!” Terry Eckmann, Minot State teacher education and kinesiology department chair, said. “She is smart, organized, hard-working, and of high character. She is beautiful inside and out, and it has been a pleasure being a part of her journey.”

It’s those quality traits Mitchell will use in her future career.

“I chose corporate fitness and wellness management to be able to help people,” she said. “I hope to find a career where I’m able to spread my knowledge of fitness and help people with their overall well-being.”

Before pursuing her profession, however, she will return to Minot State in the fall to begin her master’s degree in sports management and play her final season of soccer.

While all but one of her classes this semester was online before the transition to remote learning, Mitchell said there was an adjustment period when moving off campus to her home in Phoenix, Arizona.

“My classes were already in an online structure and I was already pretty much done with my practicum hours, but it was hard to stay on track being at home,” she said. “Even though I was doing online, I was in the school setting. I was still surrounded by people going to school.”

Her soccer coach, Chris Clements, and professors helped bridge that shift.

“Our coach did really well in keeping us together. I had a meeting with him once a week, and we had a whole team meeting once a week, and SAAC still met a couple times, so I had meetings to stay connected with everyone,” Mitchell said. “Dr. Eckmann has helped me through everything, and I’ve learned a lot from her, and I know she’ll be a lot of help going forward. She has been a huge role model.

“I love Minot and would never change my experience. I’m excited to return next semester.”

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Published: 05/14/20   

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