March 18, 2013
By: Selby Merritt
Hard work, determination and perseverance are all qualities that Sam Baker has brought to this team throughout the past four years and there is no doubt that she will bring them with her when she leaves. A member of the Horsemanship team and representative for the Student Athlete Academic Committee, Baker has always been eager to serve the team in any way, and her dedication didn't stop there. While Baker was busy working hard for the team, she was also thriving in both the classroom and the community.
"My greatest challenge has been managing my academics, the team and the numerous internships I've done throughout my four years here," said Baker, "I knew from the start I wanted to set myself up for success once I graduated and pay my dues while I'm still in school." Throughout the fall semester of her junior year, Baker earned an internship with the Atlanta Hawks. Although she had to commute to Atlanta three days each week in addition to her academic and athletic commitments, it was worth it because it solidified her desire to work in the sports industry.
During the summer of 2012, Baker found what she was passionate about when she was given an internship with the Jordan Brand in Oregon. After graduation, she will head back out west to pursue a career with them, hoping to eventually become a public relations director for players in the NFL. When asked who inspires her the most, Baker says she owes it all to her mother. "My mom is very successful in the marketing world herself and has been able to support and give advice to me as I begin my journey into the corporate world, " Baker added, "I could not do half the things I do today without the backing of my parents and their drive to be successful."
Anyone who knows Baker understands her incredible devotion to the Relay for Life cause, so it comes as no surprise that when asked what her favorite memory was from the past four years, she said it was when the team raised over $5,000 for the cause. Baker says, "Although it was a long 24 hours of staying awake that night, I was so proud of all the girls who participated and were willing to give their time and money to such an amazing cause." Although she is excited for what her life post-college holds for her, she says, "Graduation is coming too soon and I'm not ready to leave some of the amazing people I've met." While Baker has left her mark on this team and will be incredibly missed, no one doubts that she will continue on to accomplish even greater things as she moves forward.