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Utility infielder juggles academic success, college athletics, and mental health awareness while playing for top-ranked Aztec softball team

As a young man growing up in Merced, California, Jueliana Perez I loved playing softball.

“I was the physically smallest girl on the team and I was never the best,” said the San Diego State junior. “But I was able to spend time with her childhood friend, so I kept playing.”

As she grew up, Perez and her parents became more aware of the benefits the sport offered young athletes, and Perez began looking for and taking advantage of better training and playing opportunities.

Many local softball fans were initially unsure that Perez would make it in the sport, but she set out to prove them wrong.

“My passion to continue playing softball was inspired by people who doubted my ability to play at Division I level,” said Perez, now a utility infielder for the Aztecs.

Perez’s prowess as a softball player grew to the point where she committed to playing for SDSU when she was still 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. But softball wasn’t the only thing that got her to college.

“Both the softball and business programs are top-notch, so after four years of knowing I could realize my potential, I wanted to leave a better, more knowledgeable person,” he said as a manager. Perez, who is in his third year, said. / This fall, Fowler majored in entrepreneurship at his college of business. “I chose to major in business because my degree gives me the flexibility to do whatever she wants with her career plan. I need more.”

Top academics on nationally ranked teams have challenges

A star in the classroom and on the field, Perez has started or played in 31 (out of 56) of the nationally-ranked Aztec games this year and is one of 12 SDSU softball players on the Spring 2022 Academic All-Conference team. was selected as SDSU softball had the second-best season in school history, and in 2022 Mountain West won the conference championship and ran in the NCAA championship, but was eliminated in the regional finals by the top-10 Arizona Sun Devils. Did.

As a student-athlete, it’s not always easy to combine academic success with success in college sports, Perez said.

“While on the surface we appear to be accomplished thanks to our dedication to both sports and studies, the reality is that many of us struggle every day.” she said. “I want to talk about the importance of raising mental health awareness in college athletics anywhere. I personally have struggled to distinguish who I am outside of sports But I am certainly passionate about my future here at SDSU over the next two years and beyond.”

Aztecs Going Pro

perez credit Daniel Kellyhas eased some of the pressure by leading SDSU’s Aztecs Going Pro program. Designed to help SDSU student-athletes transition into careers and life after college.

“Daniel has really inspired me to use every opportunity I have as an athlete to market myself and create a bright future for my career,” Perez said. rice field.

After earning a bachelor’s degree and finishing his SDSU softball career, Perez pursued his passion for business by earning a master’s degree or attending law school before starting a real estate brokerage firm in San Diego. making plans. She’s already in the process of laying the groundwork for starting her own company, and with her Kelly’s help, Perez hooked up with real estate professionals in San Diego to help her along the way.

“I want to launch a business under my name and open up opportunities for people who want to work hard and reach their full potential,” she said.