What makes a good student-athlete? What makes them tick? How do they better themselves on the court and in the classroom?
In this video, Daemen College women’s basketball captain Tiara Filbert talks about her experience as a student-athlete, being able to compete at a DII school, and working with her team to improve their skills!
You know, you’re always looking to better yourself as a person.
You always want to try and do better than you did the semester before, and always looking to gain more knowledge and gain more experience in whatever you know, life may throw at you down the road.
My name is Tiara Filbert, and I am studying health and promotions with a specialization in health and fitness.
I am on the women’s basketball team, and I am a captain.
I’ve been into basketball; since as long as I could walk.
I come from a basketball-related background with my family.
It’s always my go-to sport, my main sport that I’ve played, and it also just allows you to try to kind of get out any frustrations or any type of mental block you may have at that time.
You know, going to the gym is just like the one place you know you can be and you can do what you do best.
I felt excited when I came to Daemen as a student-athlete.
It’s a big decision to choose what college you want to go to and to know where you’re going.
They all support you, and all want you to do the best that you can and be the best person that you can be for your future; that you chose just kind of like a great feeling.
I’d say my teammates definitely push me to do better just because you know; we’re all out there.
We’re all striving for the same things in practice, we’re pushing each other in practice to make sure everyone is continuously getting better, and you know, pushing past those mental blocks that people might put up.
I think it’s just to know that we’re out there playing for each other, and we’re doing it for like, the family that we have here is great.
I definitely think having Daemen as a D2 school is, like the best of both worlds, just because you do have; you’re at a high-level academics and also at a high level of sports as well.
But having Daemen with all the resources that they have, you know, your coaches, your teammates, your teachers, they all want you to do the best that you can and be the best that you can.
So they’re always willing to work with you to work around your schedules.
Sometimes the teachers will stay extra with you.
I think it really helps you to get both the academics and the sports side of it, which kind of will push you harder whether you realize it or not.
Because you’re also setting more expectations for yourself to do better, and overcome those challenges that you’re facing.