Finding a balance between academics, athletics

By Katie Kreis ’19

Mara Forsyth ’18 may not have started her college career at Wartburg, but since becoming a Knight at the beginning of her sophomore year, she’s found ways to succeed on the softball diamond and in the classroom.

Supported by coaches and teammates who encourage group study sessions, the infielder and elementary education major from Charles City has racked up a list of academic honors. Forsyth was named a 2017 CoSIDA Third-team Academic All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-District. She also was recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as an All-American Scholar Athlete. All academic honors require a minimum 3.5 GPA to attain.

Forsyth said balancing softball, coursework, and now student teaching in Hawaii is preparing her for a successful future.

“My education and softball are very important to me, and I push to be the best. Both roles play a big part of my life and who I am as an individual. They both provide leadership opportunities and push me to become a better version of myself,” Forsyth said.

Knowing that she wanted to experience as much as she could before graduating, Forsyth jumped at the opportunity to complete one of her seven-week student-teaching requirements in Hawaii.

“This will be the first time I will be so far away from my family and my team, but I think this is exactly what I need right now,” she said.

Mara Forsyth

Though it was not easy to leave her teammates as they train for the upcoming season, she knows she has Coach Jamie Mueller’s blessing. She also is confident in her ability to maintain her skills — Forsyth led the team at the plate last year with a .425 batting average — and pick up where she left off when she returns to campus.

When she is not on a softball diamond or in the library, Forsyth can be found cheering on the Knights or hanging out with her teammates, and she advises others students to find a way to balance it all.

“Live in the present but continue to work for the future you want,” she said. “Softball is my right now, but teaching is my future.”