SPRINGFIELD — Jamesa Carter was simply a high school student looking for a college that would enable her to pursue a career as a veterinarian.
She had no intention of playing soccer in college, at least not until she was offered an opportunity she couldn’t refuse.
While on a visit to check out Brewton-Parker, Carter couldn’t ignore the positive experience while training with current members of the Lady Barons.
“I chose Brewton-Parker to further my soccer career because when I practiced with them I felt more like I was still in high school while I played, and I didn’t want to lose the opportunity to feel at home at a new place,” Carter said.
Carter looks forward to wearing a blue and orange jersey but said the feeling of being a college student-athlete hasn’t set in for her yet.
"I’m more terrified than excited for college as a student-athlete,” Carter said. “I know it’ll be fun once I get used to it but I’ll first have to get used to not being at the top of the school anymore.”
The Lady Barons went 0-13 a year ago but that doesn’t bother Carter. The future veterinarian believes her experience as a Lady Rebel has taught her to overcome obstacles on and off the field.
“Soccer has taught me not to only rely on my myself but (to) use the help of others sometimes,” she said. “I’ve also learned the meaning of dedication, hard-working, honor and friendship through the teams I’ve played on and from the coaches who mentored me.”
Brewton-Parker is an NAIA school that competes primarily in the Southern States Athletic Conference.