“Athletics helped to make my college career memorable. It has been my way of leaving my stamp on Carnegie Mellon,” says senior business administration student Sasha Spalding of her involvement with the Carnegie Mellon track team. “I have set records here, and that is something that I hold dear.”
Though Spalding did not intend to join the track team when she started at the Tepper School, she found encouragement from advisor Milton Cofield, executive director of the BS in Business Administration Program; teaching professor of business management. In an attempt to adjust to her new schedule and surroundings as a college freshman, Spalding sought out advice from Cofield. “He knew that I ran track in high school and encouraged me to join the team. ... I decided to take his advice, and it was the best decision I ever made.”
In the years since, Spalding has left a lasting legacy including several school records — the indoor long jump, the outdoor long jump and the outdoor and indoor 200 meter runs. She is also part of the relay team that recently set a new record for the 4x100 outdoor run.
During the University Athletic Association (UAA) 2014 outdoor conference, she earned second place in the long jump and third in the shot put. The UAA has honored Spalding as the Women’s Field Athlete of the Week three times during the 2015 season. Most recently, at the 2015 UAA indoor conference, Spalding earned second place for the long jump.
With encouragement from Cofield and a lot of determination, Spalding has mastered the balance between athletics and academics, dedicating her free time to her studies and track practice. “The most effective habit that I picked up was to plan my week every Sunday. It really helps me to prioritize my time between class, homework and practice,” said Spalding. Amid Spalding’s commitments to school work and athletics, she also studied abroad in England in the fall of 2014.
With her time at the Tepper School coming to a close, Spalding looks forward to moving to McLean, Virginia where she has accepted a project management position with Capital One.
“I want incoming students to know that there are so many ways to excel at Carnegie Mellon, aside from your academic accomplishments. You can find many ways to achieve excellence and leave a lasting impact on the school, and it will feel so rewarding.”