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: Tyler Walker
Years: 2011 – 15
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Occupation: Nursing Assistant
1) What is it you honestly miss most about the University?
I miss the game day comradery, the excitement that came with being an athlete and getting prepared to represent the university in my sport.
2) If you could give the current student-athletes any piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t focus on "proving yourself," there is a reason why your abilities have gotten you this far. Trust it and enjoy the process.
3) Please share your favorite university or athletic event you've attended since you graduated and what made it so special to you?
I attended the first 2016 Gopher softball fall game after graduating. It was so special to me to be able to look out on to the field and know that I got the chance to be a part of making the Gopher Softball program so successful.
4) What are you grateful for?
I am most grateful for the friendships that I had made during my time at the U of M.
5) What does Black History Month mean to you?
To me, Black History Month is a precious reminder of all the obstacles black people have overcome and all of the triumphs we have made as a culture. Black History Month is a constant reminder that, as a woman of color, I can overcome adversity and achieve anything I strive for.
6) What occupies your time now?
Right now, I am currently back in school at St. Catherine University to obtain my nursing degree. Following that, I aspire to attend Georgetown University to get a dual Master's and become both a Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner!
Please visit Black History Month Central on Gophersports.com to see more profiles.
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