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Day in the life of a D-III athlete: Liz Hippen

April 6, 2018

Photo from NY Daily News

Liz Hippen’s alarm sounds at 7:30 a.m. and she attends a morning full of classes. At noon, she works as a Scot Ambassador in the Office of Admission. She squeezed in this interview at 2 p.m., followed by practice from 4-6 p.m. She then heads to her off-campus four-hour shift at Family Video. After she gets off, she starts homework around 11 p.m.

Just another day in the life of Monmouth College’s softball standout. Hippen balances it all, succeeding on and off the field.As the starting pitcher and three-year captain at Monmouth, Hippen holds numerous program records. Her career highlights include first in season appearances (30), wins in a season (15), saves (6), and shutouts (5). She has thrown the most no-hitters (2) and strikeouts in a season (14) and career (163). Most recently, Hippen has become the winningest pitcher in program history. Unsurprisingly, she was named 2016 Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Year and is a two-time All-Conference selection.

Hippen attributes her success to work ethic and refusing to be “just average.” She credits her teammates saying, “My team can pick me up and allow me to do my part.”

Hippen’s softball career has shaped her overall Monmouth experience. In 2015, she was named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete. Each year since she has been selected as Academic All-Conference. She prioritizes being a student, but her leadership abilities transfer to the softball diamond.

Softball isn’t the only thing in Hippen’s life. She’s also a member of seven campus organizations. “I’m a planner,” she said. “Sometimes there are meetings that overlap, but that’s a sacrifice a student-athlete has to make.”

She serves as Philanthropy Chair of Alpha Xi Delta, facilitating the sorority’s fundraising efforts. Under Hippen, the chapter raised more than $16,000 for Autism Speaks. Hippen previously served as her chapter’s Community Service Chair, volunteering with the Special Olympics, Warren County Library, and the Jamieson Community Center.

At Monmouth, “student comes before athlete.” A biopsychology major, Liz is interested in Monmouth’s Global Public Health Triad. Because of this exposure to preventative health, she plans to attend graduate school in public health, focusing on epidemiology.

A Freeman Grant recipient, Hippen received an amazing opportunity. “I was able to travel to Singapore, Malaysia, for free, in order to conduct research for three weeks.”

Through her travels and study, Hippen saw that “they take care of their people much differently than the U.S.” She said it was “…a cool experience to have as a college student.” Upon returning from Singapore, Hippen presented her research – a collaboration with Singapore Management University students.

Hippen has also been inducted into three honor societies: Alpha Lambda Delta, Psy Chi Honor Society, and Mortar Board. She serves as secretary of the latter two.

Hippen said being involved “boosted my confidence and helped me open up.”

“I began to make connections, grow in leadership positions and get involved in other matters,” she said.
She’s learned the valuable lesson of how to balance school with involvement. “You make time for what you really want to do,” she said. “I make sacrifices, like staying up late for a paper. I get constant support from my roommates, which then motivates me when I’m stressed or crunched for time. I enjoy what I do, so I make the time to do it.”

Tessa Jones
Features Editor

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