Graduating from college is an exciting moment in life that not every person is fortunate enough to experience. Being able to walk across the stage, receive your diploma in front of your family, friends and peers is the ultimate accomplishment for any student. Graduation serves as a time for celebration and a time for preparation as you set out into the real world, but most importantly it is a time for remembrance.
Florida State University golfer Anna Sophia Böhmer has already begun to stroll down memory lane as her graduation quickly approaches this upcoming May.
From the moment she took her first college visit at Florida State, she knew this was the school for her.
“I just fell in love with the campus as soon as I got here,” said Böhmer. “I really liked the facilities and I just thought it was the best fit for me.”
During her time as a golfer at Florida State, Böhmer participated in 21 total events, finishing in the top 10 three times and averaging a score of 75.88 for her career. Off the course, she has been an active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), has been on the ACC Academic Honor Roll twice and earned the Femina Perfecta award in 2015. The Femina Perfecta award is presented to the player who is invaluable to the team and always makes a difference as a “complete woman”.
Even after four years, her favorite memory while at Florida State is from her freshman year. It came at her second college tournament with teammates Lydia Gumm and Matilda Castren, goofing around in their hotel room.
Though she is excited to be graduating, Böhmer admits that leaving her teammates and Florida State is going to be tough.
“It’s going to be tough to leave Tallahassee because I’ve just spent four years of my life here and I have so many friends,” said Böhmer.
Besides improving and growing her golf game, Böhmer has changed in other aspects of her life as well.
“I think I’ve opened myself more to go beyond my comfort zone,” said Böhmer. “I feel comfortable in public speaking and I participate in other activities outside of my sport.”
She actively pursues community service opportunities as well as other services around the campus community. With this new sense of comfort, Böhmer has built long lasting relationships and memories with her friends and fellow teammates.
The friendships and bonds she has made these last four years at Florida State University are what she will miss the most.
“Anna became like a sister to me over the past four years,” said Castren. “My experience at Florida State would have been so different and much less fun without her as a friend and a teammate. Anna is an amazing person with a huge heart. I am happy to say that these four years are just the start of a friendship that will last a lifetime.”
“Anna is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet,” said Gumm. “She has a huge heart, a contagious smile and a great personality. I love her to death and I’m so happy we came to Florida State together. We have created so many memories together that I will always cherish.”
Böhmer has made it a personal goal to be more involved with some of the younger student athletes as a mentor to them as others did for her.
“I’m very close to the freshmen and I feel like I’ve helped them so much in their transition,” said Böhmer. “I tell the younger student-athletes to enjoy everything as much as you can. The four years go by very fast, so make the most out of everything, because Florida State University gives us so many opportunities.”
Although she may be hearing Pomp and Circumstance playing in the distance, Böhmer still has some work to do before graduating.
Her plan for after graduation is to find a job or go to graduate school.
While helping the Seminoles achieve their highest national ranking in school history this spring, Böhmer interned with the department of facilities and event management at Florida State. She spent the semester assisting in the preparation for the Florida State Match-Up hosted by the women’s team and the Seminole Intercollegiate hosted by the men’s team. Bohmer served as the volunteer coordinator for the men’s event, assisted with hospitality arrangements for both events and created a spectator guide for incoming teams and spectators.
Böhmer also assisted with game day operations for the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament in Tallahassee and the Florida State football spring game.
“Anna has developed a great passion for sports event management,” said Assistant Director of Event Management Alex Gallant. “She is an extremely hard worker and has an understanding of what is needed in order to execute a successful event.”
The unique experience has helped Böhmer clearly visualize a career path.
“Working in the facilities and events office was a unique experience as I was able to shadow Alex Gallant and be part of every detail that goes into such events,” said Böhmer. “I am proud of my contributions throughout the semester because I was in charge of tournament manuals, meal plans for players, and volunteer coordination. This internship allowed me to experience an area of sport administration that I’m interested in and give me the tools to continue pursuing this career.”
“I would love to stay at FSU and work for the school I love,” she said.
“Anna has been a tremendous asset to our program both on and off the course,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “She is part of a senior class that has won nine team titles, won two awards for the highest GPA among every athletic team at Florida State and has been part of earning two Director’s Cups for Service. She has represented our team on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and is a team leader. I am going to miss her smile and personality when she graduates. I am thankful that she chose to be a Seminole and helped build our program in to what it is today.”
No matter what lies ahead for Böhmer, when her graduation ceremony begins and she walks across that stage, she will be able to look back at her time here at Florida State University and say she lived each and every day to the fullest.
By Jake Rosuck
Florida State Sports Information