Bourson is majoring in business administration
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, Florida – Being a scholar-athlete at Florida Tech takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to excel both in the classroom and on the field.
In this Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, we feature Panther volleyball player Victoria Bowrosen, a graduate student majoring in business administration.
Originally from Port Orange, Florida, Victoria transferred to Tech after four years at Flagler College and played in 10 games before suffering a season-ending injury.
During her time at Flagler, Bowrosen was named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll Silver Scholar three times and a Bronze Scholar once.
After the 2021-22 school year, Victoria was the recipient of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award. Additionally, she was named to the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll following the 2022 season.
With the unique perspective of playing just one year at Florida Tech, we sat down with Victoria to ask her what her time away from the volleyball court as a Panther has been like and what she has planned next.
■ What is your major at Florida Tech and why did you choose it? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?
I’m getting a master’s degree in business administration, and I really like it. Math is cool, but so is business administration, so I graduated from Flagler College with a double major in math. So, I knew for probably six years and since high school that I definitely wanted to do something in the business world.
■ Flagler After four years, what was it about Florida Tech that made you want to be here?
Well, they didn’t offer any masters programs at Flagler and I definitely always wanted to get my master’s and I was looking for it, I knew it was going to be my last qualifying year and that was all I wanted out of it. You know, get the degree and then have fun and compete.
So, when I was looking at different colleges, I knew this conference was very, very competitive for volleyball, which definitely appealed to me, but more than anything, I wanted to have fun.
When I came to this tour, I was immediately sold because I was connected. [former Head Coach] Ashley [Crowder] I met the team, the girls, they were just the most amazing team, they were very positive.
I loved their character, what they believed in, what they wanted to build the program. I immediately fell in love, and knew it was the home for me.
How do you plan to use your degree after graduation?
I don’t have anything set in stone to do right now, but whatever it is, it’s going to involve people.
I love people, and I love helping other people, and it brings me a lot of joy, but I want to be a teacher for the long term. My whole family, full of teachers, it’s been great to see how their influence has affected other people.
I mean, people come up to us in the grocery store and say, ‘Oh, you changed my life!’ And if I could give a fourth of the love and affection my family has given to others, it would be great.
■ What are some fun projects you’ve been able to work on in the classroom?
Now I started to be a doctor’s assistant. [Jonathan] Reed and that’s great because I’m able to go into the field and talk to managers, supervisors and leadership positions and see what they like and I give them a survey, we meet and that’s it. It’s really cool because I’ve never had an experience like this before.
■ With volleyball season usually starting as soon as students return from summer break and then going on nearly three months of road trips and practices in between, how do you balance everything?
Time management is a huge part of being a student-athlete in any sport. The best part is that you are never alone. I was a student-athlete forever, and definitely had to learn through tests, what worked and what didn’t.
If there’s a 15 minute break, we’re not doing anything, we’re not doing homework or studying, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming. But the good thing is, as I said earlier, you are not alone.
What you’re going through, everybody’s going through, and it’s like a bubble of support that we all have, which is great. So, you feel supported to do this and succeed.
■ How has being a college athlete prepared you for what you do now and what will you take away from the court as you apply to college?
It taught me a lot. You can learn a lot from sports. You can learn to communicate with people, it’s a big thing that will take you in life because in sports you talk to all kinds of people.
People respond well to some things, but other people don’t, and you learn how to interact with people. Like I said, time management is crazy, you have to be able to manage your time to be successful in anything you do.
You can’t start a 15-page paper the night before the arrival or try to get in shape for the preparation the day before the arrival. So, I think volleyball taught me that you just have to prioritize things and just be in the present moment.
■ What advice would you give to an athlete coming to Florida Tech interested in business administration?
I say do it, I really haven’t been here long enough, but I really enjoyed my experience. Everyone I’ve met is so kind and really wants you to succeed and the classes are small, which I really like because you have a personal relationship with the professors.
That definitely helps as a student-athlete because you’re missing class for practices or showing up late or having games. So having that relationship really helps you and they want you to get to know them well and do well and so if you ask, they’ll help you in any way they can.
■ What did you enjoy most about your time in the volleyball program?
The ladies are definitely the best people I’ve ever met.
They bring such joy to my life and they’re funny and they light things up, they’re also competitive, they’re hungry, they want us to be better and it’s a great environment to be a part of. I’m so excited to be a part of something that’s going to be so cool and already happening.
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