In honor of Black History Month, Gopher Athletics is celebrating those who made us great. Throughout February, GopherSports.com will share short interviews with African-American alumni from almost every Gopher program. In these interviews, former student-athletes reflect on their time at the U of M, provide advice to current Gophers and share what Black History Month means to them personally.
Name: Rashida Beal
Years: 2013 -- 17
Hometown: Germantown, Wis.
Occupation: Content Marketing Assistant while pursuing professional soccer.
Twitter Handle: @RashidaBeal
What is it you honestly miss most about the University?
There are a lot of things to miss about being a student-athlete at the University of Minnesota. I really miss representing the school. No games in my future will ever be the same as competing for the U. I miss the stadium and fans of ELR, and the athletic community as a whole.
If you could give the current student-athletes any piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell them to focus on meeting their goals in every aspect. You want to look back at your college experience being proud of what you accomplished in sport, but also in the classroom and community.
Please share your favorite university or athletic event you've attended since you graduated and what made it so special to you?
Unfortunately, I have not been able to attend too many athletic events since graduating last year. I was able to watch Gopher Soccer play the Badgers at Wisconsin. It was very special to be able to cheer on my former teammates in the Border Battle.
What are you grateful for?
I am grateful for a family that supports me in the unconventional path of pursuing a professional soccer career. I have really enjoyed being able to spend more time with my family in the last few months. I am also grateful for all of the opportunities I have been given in my sport.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of members of the black community. It is a time to remember past difficulties black people have faced and learn more about our history, but also a time to embrace all of the achievements.
What occupies your time now?
I still spend a lot of my time working out. I am recovering from an injury, so I spend a lot of time on my training. I also work part time at my dad's company as a Content Marketing Assistant. Since I no longer have any homework, I keep my mind engaged with reading. I also have been enjoying spending time with my family while I am home.
Please visit Black History Month Central on Gophersports.com to see more profiles.
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