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Sophomore journalism student juggles softball, senate and a sorority
By: Amie Just | @Amie_Just
Sophia Templin’s multi-colored, floral patterned planner has seen better days.
The rings of its spine have started to bend in multiple directions; the corners are starting to wear. The gold, glitter stickers, spelling Theta, on the bottom, righthand corner are peeling at the edges.
Templin’s planner goes everywhere with her. It’s her lifeline. Without it, her life would fall into complete chaos.
The sophomore journalism student does much more than take classes and return home. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, is a highly-involved student senator and plays Division I softball for KU, while making grades in the Honors Program.
But she wasn’t always this involved.
“My freshman year, my first semester, I was just a student-athlete and I had never been just a student-athlete,” Templin said. “I had never solely identified with athletics as who I was. In my first fall semester, all my friends had rushed sororities and were getting involved with things like SUA (Student Union Activities) and being involved on campus doing new things and I was just a softball player.”
Templin acknowledges that playing softball is a huge time commitment, but it wasn’t enough for her. She needed more on her plate, just like she did in high school.
She attended De Soto High School, a 4A school, in a small town located between Lawrence and Kansas City. There were around 160 students in her graduating class and Templin did everything she could to stay involved. She was editor of the school newspaper, a class officer, a softball player, in the band and on dance team. She was also in charge of planning prom.
“I’ve never settled,” Templin said of her long list of activities. “I’ve never wanted to be just one thing, because I’ve always wanted to do everything and I’ve always been able to make it work.”
Conflicts arise all the time for Templin.
She has sorority chapter meetings when she’s on the road for softball. Senate still meets on Wednesdays, with or without her.
“There’s kind of like a hierarchy and everybody is really understanding of things,” Templin said. “I wish I could be everywhere at once, but I can’t. A lot of times, I’ll be on the road for softball and I’ll be on a Google doc with people for senate or group projects for class. My groups hate me because I’m so busy.”
And everything gets harder during softball season because of travel.
Large blocks of time are blacked out when on the road, Templin said.
“Offseason is something that you don’t realize is as wonderful as it is until you’re during the season,” Templin said. “You think ‘what did I do with all that time?’”
Whatever problem or project is thrown her way, she generally ends up fitting everything in.
“Sometimes it baffles me at the end, because I made it all work,” Templin said.
Greek life, athletics and student senate are three things that most people only pick one to participate in, Templin said.
But if she had to pick one thing, she’d be a student over everything.
“I’m at KU because I love KU,” Templin said. “I love the journalism school here. That is invaluable to me.”
— Edited by Laura Kubicki