5 Reasons College Women Should Play Golf

If there is one piece of advice I could give to college women, it would be to play golf.

Women still only represent about 20 percent of the U.S. golfing population — a number that has remained largely unchanged for decades.

So, what’s keeping you from jumping in? Here are five reasons college women should start playing golf

  1. Women’s College Golf Scholarships

While it is difficult to confirm the number of women’s golf scholarships that were not awarded in recent years, it is estimated that more than 200 of the available women’s golf scholarships went unused.  With the implementation of Title IX, colleges are required to have the same numbers of athletic scholarships for females and males. This provides a huge opportunity for college female golfers, don’t you think?

  1. Health and Fitness

Okay, so you may not break the same sweat as you do in zumba class, but a good golf game can provide plenty of exercise. The average golfer is said to burn around 1,500 calories per 18 holes of golf. I have to say from experience that walking for five hours on the course while carrying a 50 lb bag on my shoulders definitely got me into shape.

  1. Meet New Friends

Golf provides a great opportunity for college women to get to know each other in a way they didn’t before – and form friendships around their common interest in the game of golf. I wouldn’t have met my two best friends if I didn’t join a college women’s golf league. There’s nothing better than gossiping and getting out a good sweat while golfing with your girlfriends.

  1. Fun Fashion

Golf fashion is big business and you’ll enjoy some amazing options from big brands like PUMA, Antigua, Callaway and Lady Hallagan. If you’re into fashion trends, this is the sport to get into. It opens up a whole new wardrobe world. It’ll be easy to look fashionable rocking those golf skorts, pink tank tops and bejeweled golf shoes while on the green.  

  1. Build Important Connections

You can either be invited to go on company outings or get stuck back at the office working.  You don’t need to be good, you just need to be decent. If you can hit the driver in the air 120 yards and make decent contact with the ball most of the time you are set to go. It’s a great way to network with potential employers and to build a deeper relationship with friends from school.

Why I Chose Journalism

It was August, 2013. After 5 years long years, I finally graduated from my private catholic high school. Out of the 10 colleges I applied to that same year, I was accepted to all of them. Partly due to my parents, I decided to stay in Rhode Island and get my Bachelor’s degree at Roger Williams University.

When the time came around to decide on the major I was going to pursue, I was faced with uncertainty and confusion. I had no idea what I was good at. I had no serious interest in anything besides history, which, admittedly, I wanted to pursue in the beginning. I decided to try out political science, figuring it could lead me somewhere.

Within a month of my freshman year at college, I switched majors. It was not because of my lack of interest in political science. I actually loved the subject and wanted to continue my studies in that field. But, something I read happened to spark a fire inside me I could not ignore.

It was September 13th when I took a drive and decided to browse Barnes and Noble for a new book. I happened to be looking around in the history section when I stumbled upon a book called ” No Place to Hide” by Glenn Greenwald. This book was written about Edward Snowden’s remarkable discovery of the NSA’s top-secret and unconstitutional spying on hundreds of millions of American’s through the Internet and telephone without any consent given from the citizenry. Finding this book and deciding on a whim to purchase it not only opened my eyes to the world we live in today, but it impacted my career path in an unforeseeable way.

I knew as soon as I finished reading the book that I would become a journalist and do everything in my power to give the truth to the public, whether it be about the government or other affairs, I knew this would be my path.

My recognition of my love for journalism was an epiphany that could not be ignored. I realized how excellent I was at writing, how much I loved reading and how I always watched the news and criticized the government for their wrongdoings. I was in awe and shocked that I couldn’t have realized my passion sooner. It was right in front of me all along, but I just couldn’t see it.

Two years later, I have accomplished more then I ever thought I could. I have had two amazing internships working with a radio station and a news magazine in Rhode Island. I have increased my knowledge and my passion for journalism through the courses I have taken. I am now applying for a 12-week summer internship in Washington, D.C. as a political journalist. I have never been more grateful to have found something that truly inspires me in a way that no other field could have done for me.

 

In the words of Terry Pratchett,

“Truthfully, without over-egging it, as I often do, the library and journalism, those things made me who I am.”