EDWARDSVILLE - Jenna Stobie of Edwardsville had an outstanding first season as a student-athlete at Lindenwood University in Belleville.

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Stobie began her soccer career at the Edwardsville YMCA and continued all through high school. She believes she has grown a great deal since she started at Lindenwood in Belleville.

“Now that I have finished my first year at Lindenwood University, I can say I have grown as a student and an athlete. One major lesson I learned is time management. During the fall soccer season, we practice every day for at least two hours. We do various fitness tests like the pacer test, a 1.5-mile run, and sprints. Juggling soccer and classes was difficult at first, but I quickly adjusted because I had to. Being a student-athlete, we are required to spend at least 4 hours in the library every week but, I spent an average of 6-8 because I did not want to fall behind in schoolwork.

“The season ended at the beginning of November and then I was on my own for workouts. I made a point to find time to run for 30 minutes every day and lift. This was difficult because I was so used to having a schedule every day with soccer. But one thing that kept me motivated was spring soccer that would be starting in January and the next fall season starting in August. I believe that soccer is my main source of motivation because I would not be able to play soccer without good grades and I would not be able to play soccer if I do not keep up my fitness.”

The processes of juggling college soccer and academics have taught Stobie a considerable amount.

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“I have also learned from the struggles that came with the successes,” she said. “I think learning how to cope with the struggles makes you successful and feel really good. I know I work really hard to get where I am. I think honestly what has meant the most is seeing how far I came with my fitness a few years ago. I wouldn’t have been able to lift or run like I do now. It is amazing to see how much more fit I became. Now I do what the coaches don’t even ask me to do. I go out of my own way to work out even in the offseason.”

Stobie will be a sophomore this year at Lindenwood University. She said her goals are to continue to improve her fitness and become a more vocal team member.

“Next semester I am going to try to get honor roll again,” she said. “I want to focus on balancing school and soccer like I did this past year. I would also love to be all-conference. Soccer is my passion and I want to continue to play even after college. I want to join leagues and can’t imagine stopping playing at this point.’

The Edwardsville woman said she is just at home on the soccer field.

“I started playing when I was age 4 at the Edwardsville YMCA and have loved it ever since,” she said.

For her future, Stobie hopes to become a teacher and travel to different countries helping others.

“I want to teach little kids in poverty,” she said. “I have always loved little kids and things like that. I also have always loved to help people and really want to sign up for mission trips as well.”

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