Nov. 9, 2004
Whether on the soccer field or in the classroom, freshman soccer player Jordan Bryant has never been content with merely meeting expectations in her life. Her tireless work ethic has always been evident both athletically and academically. During her high school academic career, Bryant maintained a 3.8 grade point average, capping off her senior year with a 4.01 GPA.
“Academics were a big thing in my household while I was in high school,” said Bryant. “If I came home with a grade of 91 my parents would be upset, so school has always been first. It was homework before soccer practice and if I didn’t finish, I couldn’t go to practice.”
Coming out of high school, Bryant was one of the most decorated soccer players in North Florida. Her high level of work ethic and dedication were present on the field. As a result, she garnered many athletic awards during her career at Tallahassee’s Lawton Chiles High School including being named the 2004 Big Bend Player of the Year. She was also a three-time All-Big Bend First-Team selection, a two-time Class 2A All-State selection and a two-time Class 3A All-State selection.
Since arriving at Florida State, Bryant’s level of play has improved. The transition from high school to college has been a challenging yet exciting experience.
Balancing a heavy class load along with being part of a nationally competitive soccer program has been fun according to Bryant. Bryant has worked hard to succeed in both areas of her life and not to allow things outside of her academics and soccer life distract her.
“It’s much more challenging than in high school, especially when there are fun things to do and you get caught up with the social aspect of college life,” said Bryant. “The balancing act you must perform is the most challenging part of being a college student.”
Bryant, a pre-med student, has a rigorous academic career ahead of herself.
Managing classes, practices, study hall and games while trying to eat a balanced meal in between those activities, keeps Jordan busy throughout each day.
“I wake up at seven, chemistry at eight, go to class until noon, come home to eat lunch, go back to class, go to study hall, go home to eat again, then go to practice for the rest of the day,” says Bryant about a typical day. “I stay pretty busy.”
Bryant achieved enormous success during her high school career. That success will undoubtedly continue throughout her years at Florida State. When asked what the key to her success is she responded quickly by saying, “Not getting blinded by all of your freedom when you come to college is the key to success. You have to work hard, be focused and stay in track.”
Bryant’s persistence has paid off both athletically and academically. Being one of only two local players ever to play for the Seminole soccer team is a big accomplishment in itself. Contributing to a team which has been ranked throughout the season and which will compete for a national championship as a freshman is another huge accomplishment.
Florida State’s midfield has plenty of depth this season, but Bryant has worked her way to becoming one of team’s top reserves. She has her sights set on earning increased playing time and having a big impact on the good fortunes of the program.
“Jordan is a very talented young lady who we feel can help us in the wide midfield position during her career,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “With continued tactical development, she could blossom into a very talented flank player.”
Bryant’s abilities in the classroom compliment her talent on the field. No matter what happens throughout the remainder of her career, she will continue to stay dedicated to the Seminole soccer program and her academic studies.
When asked if she had the opportunity to switch places with any person for one day, she quickly and confidently responded: “I wouldn’t switch places with anyone, I am happy being myself.”
With her many accomplishments in the classroom and on the field, why would she switch places with anyone? She is an ideal example of a true student-athlete.
By Florence Williams
Sports Information Student Intern