COLUMBUS, Ohio – With her final season in Scarlet & Gray quickly approaching, senior Becca Gavin has started planning for her future after softball.
Earlier this month, Gavin was accepted into the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, a dream she has wanted to fulfill for quite some time.
“After my first mission trip to Honduras, I realized my passion for service and volunteering could be translated through a service-centered lifestyle such as dentistry,” said Gavin. “I didn’t tell anyone the date that I was going to be finding out, so when my phone started ringing on December 1st I just stared, knowing it was the call. I was absolutely floored when I heard the news and it was even better that the call came from someone who I consider a great mentor. I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire day.”
Although Gavin played things close to the vest initially, she couldn’t keep the good news all to herself.
“We were all together on our team retreat when I broke the news and everyone went crazy,” Gavin exclaimed. “Since we work so closely day in and day out, my teammates have been a huge part of this journey. It was an incredible feeling to have an overwhelming sense of genuine support and gratitude from people who I have the utmost respect for.”
The feeling was certainly mutual, as her peers and coaches had nothing but praise to share.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen Becca filled with so much pure joy and excitement,” said teammate Morgan Ray. “We were so happy to be able to share that with her. I know how hard she has worked in order to make this dream come true. I’ve taken some classes with her and seen her determination to succeed. I’ve seen the extra time she’s put in to complete observation hours, an internship and difficult classes, all while being an all-region catcher this past year. I am so proud of her.”
“Becca’s growth over the last four years has been remarkable,” said head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “She used every resource she’s been given during her time at Ohio State. She set goals for herself and clawed her way to achieving them, both on and off the field. Becca is an extremely motivated and driven leader. I admire her tenacity and she’s a great role model for the rest of the team.”
As part of taking advantage of the resources around her, the NFCA All-Midwest Region selection used the Huntington Bucks Go Pro program to set herself up for success. HBGP is an eight-week summer internship program funded by the Athletics Department for student-athletes with opportunities across various campus departments.
“The program not only allowed me to develop skills in professionalism, but it provided me with experience on building my own personal brand,” said Gavin. “That helped during the application process where one of the biggest challenges is finding a way to communicate who you are on paper. There’s networking too. It’s one of the greatest tools anyone can learn. It’s never too early to begin establishing connections and building relationships with people.”
Gavin will continue to build on her relationships with her teammates as the Buckeyes prepare for the 2018 season, which is slated to open Feb. 9 at the Florida Atlantic Kickoff Classic.