A Scholar and An Athlete: Meet Princeton Women's Basketball's Alex Wheatley
As a starter on Princeton’s 19th-ranked women’s basketball team and a student at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, Alex Wheatley’s life is pretty regimented. It has to be. Striking the right balance between student and athlete isn’t easy.
The junior begins most days an hour before her first class. During breaks, she’s often studying. From 4:45-7 p.m. Wheatley can typically be found at Jadwin Gymnasium, practicing with one of the nation’s two remaining undefeated teams. Around 8:30 p.m., after dinner, she’ll resume her studies before eventually retiring for the evening, sometimes as late as 1 a.m.
But Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 wasn’t a typical day. Sitting in Robertson Hall, Wheatley anxiously awaited her interview for the University’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI). It was the culmination of a long application process that began in September. After months of writing essays and securing recommendations, it all came down to this.
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