THE NEXT RIDE: Paisley Roberts
June 18, 2018
THE NEXT RIDE Ã¢â‚¬” Paisley Roberts
With the 2017-18 season now complete, it’s time for the Gamecocks to bid farewell to 11 incredible seniors who have each impacted the Carolina program in their own special way. But for these 11 women, the end of their collegiate careers marks the beginning of a new journey, where each of them will make their mark on the world. GamecocksOnline.com is proud to present The Next Ride, spotlighting each senior’s time at Carolina and looking ahead to the next chapter of their lives. Today’s Q&A features Paisley Roberts.
Graduation Date, Degree, Major(s):
August 2018 | Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Minor in Psychology | Major: Exercise Science
What was your hardest class at Carolina?
EXSC 224 Ã¢â‚¬” Anatomy and Physiology II
How did you pick your major?
I have always had an interest in pediatric rehabilitation and therapy.
How did the Carolina Equestrian family help you during your academic career?
During my academic career, I was always able to receive support from the Carolina Equestrian family by receiving great advice on classes from upperclassman teammates as well as my athletic academic advisor.
How did the Carolina Equestrian family help with your post-college career?
The Carolina Equestrian family has also helped with my post-college career by being supportive with my future plans for graduate school and riding.
What competition will you remember most from your time as a Carolina Equestrian student-athlete?
I will always remember the National Championship in 2015. It was such an amazing experience and a memory I will definitely carry with me for life. I will never forget the moment we realized we won as a team and the rest of my teammates running down the tunnel to us reiners.
What’s the one phrase you’ll remember most from Coach Sorrel?
From Coach Sorrel, I will always remember the phrase, “Ride smart and have fun.” She always told me this phrase right before I went into the show pen. It was always a nice friendly reminder to rely on your skill sets, but also remember why you’re even riding to begin with.
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
After graduation I plan on completing a Maymester studying abroad in Australia. Next, I will spend the summer in Columbia doing an internship at a pediatric outpatient therapy clinic, and then I will apply to graduate school in the fall. I hope to attend a graduate program starting in May 2019 for a Master’s in Occupational Therapy.
What’s your advice for young riders interested in joining the Carolina Equestrian program?
It can be nerve-racking leaving home; however, being at Carolina is a life-changing experience that will allow you to grow as both a person and a rider. You will make memories, connections and friends that last a lifetime. Without a doubt, coming to Carolina was one of the best decisions I ever made, and I will always be proud to be a Gamecock!