The life of a student-athlete can be a challenging balance of schoolwork, projects, practices, and competitions, yet Azita––a member of the varsity women’s volleyball team––says her involvement on campus has taught her to manage her time well with academics.
“I have learned to study hard, but take enjoyable breaks through my involvement in athletics and other clubs around campus,” she says.
Her hard work has clearly paid off, as Azita recently achieved her greatest goal of being named an Academic All-American—the first WPI women’s volleyball player to receive the honor in nearly 30 years.
“I don’t think this achievement would have been possible at any other university without the opportunities that WPI provides,” she says.
Azita has previously been named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Volleyball Academic All-Conference Team; she is a Charles O. Thompson Scholar and a Presidential Merit Scholar. Outside the classroom, she is a sorority sister of Alpha Phi and a member of both the Engineering Honor Society and Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. She is involved in the Promotion of Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
“The clubs and organizations that I am a part of have also taught me to better myself and give back to my surrounding community,” she says.
After graduation, Azita hopes to become a dentist. Although she feels it is a very different path than most engineering students take, she believes that “WPI still has provided me with the opportunity to set my mind to and achieve anything—even if it’s not directly related to engineering studies.”
- Engineering Honor Society
- Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
- Academic All-American
- Varsity Women’s Volleyball Team
- Alpha Phi