Where are they now? Chelsey Garkowski - class of 2014

Take a look as we touch base with former Bison, Chelsey Garkowski, from the Class of 2014! A contributor in all of her 4 years at Bucknell, Chelsey captained the Bison in her final campaign. She stood out as Bucknell's leading point scorer in both her junior and senior years, earning a remarkable 19 points, with 8 goals, in her third season. Chelsey hit the record books for the Bison when she recorded 4 goals (3 in the 1st 26 minutes) against Canisius in 2012. She joined Lisa Gibbons and Kerry McDonnell as the only players in Bucknell Women's Soccer history to tally 4 goals in 1 match. Chelsey maintained a strong level of success both on the field and in the classroom as a Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member while completing her degree in biology.

Name: Chelsey Garkowski

Hometown: Brick, NJ

Major: Biology

Where are you now/what are you up to?

After graduation I moved to New Jersey to work. I am currently earning my Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Rutgers University. Currently, much of my time is spent studying but in the lulls of exams and during breaks, I love spending time with family and friends. Much of my free time is spent traveling, (my next adventure is hiking Machu Picchu this summer!), relaxing and catching up with BUWS teammates in the city, and going to the beach.

What is your favorite memory as a Bison? There are so many amazing memories I have made as a Bison, from tailgates to overtime wins. But I would have to say one that stands out was when I tied the team record with four goals scored in a game against Canisius.

What is your biggest piece of advice to current or aspiring Bucknell Women’s Soccer players?

For me its quite simple, enjoy every minute. Both on and off the field. More often than not, you don't realize how lucky you are until that moment has come and gone. You are able to compete at the highest level athletically while gaining one of the best educations in the country. You create friendships, memories and inside jokes that you will treasure and will last a lifetime! My four years at Bucknell were amongst the best years of my life and most, if not all, of my memories were spent with my BUWS family.

What makes you most proud about Bucknell?

There is such a unique and remarkable connection amongst the alumni and students at Bucknell University. I can't count how many times that I have been stopped or have stopped a complete stranger in passing and sparked a conversation merely off of the fact that one of us was wearing Bucknell gear. Bucknellians have such an amazing sense of camaraderie and respect for one another which lasts long after graduation and extends far from Lewisburg, PA.

What was the most valuable thing you learned/gained from your time at Bucknell?

Teamwork. My interactions on and off the field between teammates, fellow students, coaches, faculty and the administration helped to build upon my skills for my career and within the workplace. Teamwork creates a synergy amongst individuals and that combined effect of the team exceeds individual efforts. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of yourself and those who surround you, is a critical factor for achieving success.

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