Julie Fobes, '17
Julie Fobes will graduate in May with a degree in nursing. Fobes, who hails from Marietta, Ohio, chose Muskingum because she wanted to earn her BSN at a small school while continuing her athletic career. She adds, “I also felt like I would fit in pretty well here.”
Fobes is a full-time nursing student and a full-time athlete, running both cross country and track. She also serves as a nursing tutor. Fobes says, “I am extremely lucky to have been able to juggle both sports and nursing all four years that I have been here. Coming to Muskingum, I had goals to be successful in nursing and running. I came in knowing that I may not be able to participate in sports all four years due to the time-consuming nature of nursing, but to my surprise I am now finishing up my senior year while still continuing to juggle both.”
Not only has Fobes been a four-year athlete, she has also exceeded her personal expectations, earning two All-OAC honors, an All-Ohio honor, breaking several school records, qualifying for Regionals, and earning All-Academic awards. She is thankful for the support of her nursing professors and her coach, who have worked with her through everything.
Julie advises high school students to “Choose a college that you feel you will be most successful at. Don't choose a college just because you want to do a sport; education is much more important. But if you are interested in continuing sports in college, make sure that your decision is based primarily on your major of interest and THEN decide if sports will fit with your schedule. And if you are wondering if it is even possible to participate in a sport while also in Nursing, the answer is yes. It is not cut out for everyone, but if you truly desire to do both, you will succeed.”