Why I Chose SAU is a weekly feature that spotlights SAU student-athletes. A member from each team has been chosen to answer a questions regarding why they chose Spring Arbor University, and their experiencs as a student-athlete.
Morgan Urschalitz is a member of the Women's Golf team and is a sophomore from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Team: Women's Golf
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SAU?
I chose SAU because I felt God was leading me to an environment that I could learn more about myself, about God, and about my purpose in life. I originally was pursuing college softball, but an injury kept that from being a possibility. When I realized that I had the opportunity to continue on in my golf career, and SAU was an option, I began thinking about the reasons for my college choice not just as what would be best for my softball career, but what would be best for me and my purpose here on earth. The first time I visited SAU, I immediately felt a sense of comfort and love from my surroundings, which ultimately consoled me in my change of future plans. I knew I would learn much beyond mathematics and athletics, things that any other school offers, but I would learn about myself and God, and because of that, I knew that this was the place for me.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU'VE LEARNED AT SAU?
One of the biggest lessons I've learned at SAU is trust. I have learned to trust in myself, in others, and in God. I've always struggled with relying on people, but SAU has really pushed me to put my trust in God, and in those He has placed in my life. This place has made that so much easier because the people here are incredible.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ATHLETIC MEMORY?
One of my favorite athletic memories is going to sound strange, but there's a good reason why it's one of my favorites. Our last tournament this past fall, I came in the first day and had broken the school record of a low 18-hole score. The second day, I came in and had broken the 36-hole record as well. A freshman came in after me and had not only beaten my 18-hole score from the day before, but had beaten the 36-hole record I had just broken. Now don't get me wrong, I was a little disappointed, but it gave me so much hope and excitement for the future of this program. I was pumped that someone was going to push me to be a better player and push me to break her record this spring. It was the first time that I felt a similar passion for golf as I always did for softball, and that has kept me working hard ever since. I feel as though the possibilities for myself, and for my team are endless, and we can pursue great things.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ACADEMIC MEMORY?
One of my favorite academic memories is when I had the opportunity to go to Florida for an education class during J-term. My favorite part was being able to visit the schools down there, and experience what I will be doing for the rest of my life. We visited some incredible schools, and got to see how things work in places other than Michigan. I met some very inspirational teachers, and saw techniques that I will use someday in my classroom. And I guess laying on the beach, playing beach volleyball, shelling, and playing cards by the pool, all while it was snowing in Michigan, was pretty great too.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS? HOW WILL YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH SAU SHAPE YOU LIFE POST GRADUATION?
After graduation, I plan on moving back to Grand Rapids and working as an elementary school teacher in the inner-city public schools there. I have a heart and passion for kids. I want to show them that they are loved and special. Through what I have learned about myself and about this passion of mine at SAU, I will be able to use all of the skills I have obtained to reach as many kids as possible.