posted 2012-10-24 11:53:21

Understanding the Student-Athlete

With Jane Selegean, captain of the Hunter women’s tennis team    

Stephie-Anne Duliepre

Staff Writer

Jane Selegean. Photo courtesy of Hunter Athletics.
Junior Jane Selegean, captain of the Hunter women’s tennis team, admits it was her father’s wish that drove her toward playing tennis in the first place. “He was a soccer player who always admittedly loved tennis, but he never had the resources or support growing up. He promised to give his children the opportunity he didn’t have,” Selegean said.

Very early on, Selegean found her home in the sport of tennis. Originally from As- toria, New York, she started playing tennis when she was just four years old. With her father’s support and encouragement, she was able to train at the USTA BJK Nation- al Tennis Center, the home of the annual U.S. Open. Having developed the tennis bug herself, Selegean continued to play tennis throughout high school. During that time, she admits, “There were a few times where I would have to take weeks or months off just because it does get difficult and the daily grind of tennis training was a bit overwhelming for me at times.” This certainly happens when you are serious about any sport and are determined to break your own boundaries. Regardless of bumps along the road, Selegean never gave up. In her four years of high school, she was first singles every year and even received the Presidential Recognition Certificate for her standout efforts. With her talent, it is no wonder
Selegean was sought after by DI, DII, and DIII schools alike. In the end, she chose Hunter because of “its location in Manhattan, affordable tuition, and tremendous reputation with the sciences and medical school admission,” she said.

Now on a college team, Jane has not stopped improving on her previous experiences in middle school and high school. She plays in the #1 singles and doubles slot for the Hawks and has helped lead her team to first-round wins in the NCAA tournament in both her freshman and sophomore years.

When she’s not on the court beating an opponent, Selegean is very involved in her many other activities. She serves as a Junior Senator in student government, as a high school senior advisor for the East Harlem Tutorial Program, and also works in a neurobiology lab at the renowned Weill Cornell Medical College, all while maintaining her status as a full time stu- dent, a requirement for all Hunter athletes.

If that seems like a lot of work, Selegean is certainly not flustered by it. Her curiosity is almost inexhaustible, and coincidentally her favorite quote—“Stay hungry. Stay foolish,” by Steve Jobs—expresses that very well. She uses any opportunity to get involved in anything that may interest her, like interning at WCMC or at the Department of Public Health, or being a part of a service cultural exchange program in the Dominican Republic.
She deals with so many things at once that we have to ask how she manages it all, and she simply responds, “being a student-athlete is definitely a lifestyle that one needs to be fully committed to.” Jane is certainly a role model to many and an example that nothing is impossible with enough willpower and a firm mindset. “I always wanted to become a surgeon, and my fascination with medicine never dissipated,” she said. After her career at Hunter, she hopes to go on to medical school and pursue trauma surgery.

Although Selegean has another two years before graduating, she is already making her mark here at Hunter. When asked about this upcoming season, she said, “Having a new coach aboard and a fresh groups of girls, I feel like I’ve been re- ally lucky to be a part of the new team dy- namic that has been created, all of which is focused on the passion of the game and playing until the sun sets and we can’t see the ball anymore.” She admits to being truly honored to be a captain for her team this year, and hopes to keep the tradition going by leading her teammates to their 13th consecutive CUNYAC championship this season.