Get to Know Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a fall Q&A feature profiling Summit League SAAC representatives. These SAAC representatives provide a glimpse into their personal life away from their sport and what it is like being a student-athlete.
In this week's installment, a senior setter on the South Dakota women's volleyball team, Brittany Jessen, is profiled.
Name: Brittany Jessen
School: South Dakota
Hometown: Mendota Height, Minn.
High School: Henry Sibley
Sport: Women's Volleyball
Major: English Education, minor: Reading
What is your favorite vacation spot? Park City, Utah
What is currently on your music play list? MercyMe playlist
What is your funniest memory from youth sports? Loving volleyball right away because I got to hit the ball as hard as possible!
Which actor/actress would play you in a movie? Sandra Bullock
What do you remember about your first college competition? I was super excited to play but also nervous!
Who was your favorite athlete growing up? Courtney Thompson (one of the setters for USA Volleyball) because she is an amazing teammate and player.
Who is your favorite professional sports team? Minnesota Twins
What are three things in life you couldn't live without? My faith in Jesus, my family, and my friends.
What is your favorite television show or movie? The Office
What is the best advice you've ever received? Be where your feet are (be present in the moment).
What attracted you to your institution? The size of campus as well as the team and coaches! Also, the community of Vermillion is so supportive and encouraging of the sports teams. It's a very special place!
What community service projects/organizations are you involved with outside of athletics? I am one of the leaders for Vermillion High School FCA as well as USD FCA. I also teach youth group at Hillside Community Church. Our team often volunteers with Ronal McDonald House and the Welcome Table in Vermillion.
What has been your most memorable moment as a student-athlete? Winning the 2016 regular season Summit League Championship!
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete? Being intentional about building relationships with the people around you will lead to more success on the court and in the classroom.
What is your favorite spot on campus? Danforth Chapel
What is your dream job/career? Being a college English professor.
Your most prized possession is? My Bible.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? In the mountains because I love to ski and be outdoors.
If you could have one superpower what would it be? Ability to fly.
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Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.