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Why did you choose Clarke?
I like the small setting of Clarke. I came from a small town, so I was looking for a school with the same friendly atmosphere. It was the perfect size for me and was very welcoming. Every time I visited I could tell there was a sense of community on campus.

How has your involvement with sports enhanced your time at Clarke?
The bond that you make with your teammates is something that will last forever. The girls aren't just friends, they are a second family. We do team-building activities (like canoeing) that bring us even closer, but we also enjoying just hanging out together.  

Did you receive financial aid?
I did. I was awarded an athletic scholarship and an academic scholarship that made it possible for me to attend Clarke. I also received a few outside scholarships that I applied for, those help a lot!

What do you enjoy about campus?
I really like to be in the gym playing a quick game or working out. But when I'm not working out, you will find me in our locker room. Our team is given a space in the Kehl Center with a couch and a TV where we can relax in between classes.

What do you like about Dubuque?
I like that there are so many active people. No matter the time of year, you can always see people running or biking. That motivates me to be more active and stay in shape for the season. I also like that Dubuque can feel like a big city and a small town at the same time. There is a strong sense of community and it has a lot of helpful resources for college students.

Do any faculty or staff members stand out?
Mike Hyland. He is more than an adviser to me because I can go to him for advice about anything. He really gets to know his students on a personal level and cares about us. Carrie Kirk in academic affairs has been my boss for three years. She makes work a lot of fun and we joke around all the time.

So far, what has been your most memorable Clarke experience?
All of the trips! Being part of basketball and softball has allowed me to go to California, Kansas and Florida for games. I also enjoy Into the Streets every year. It allows our basketball team to work together off the court and bond while we are helping others. Tuckpointing is another thing I will never forget. It makes for a long week, but I loved that I was able to meet and have fun with all of the freshmen before classes started. 

How is Clarke different?
The professors really care about you. If you miss a class they notice and check in to see how you're doing. But they are also very understanding and are willing to help you out with anything. 

Brianne Boals

Brianne Boals



DEGREE: Physical Education, Sports Management, with a coaching endorsement and a health endorsement

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CLARKE ACTIVITIES: Basketball, Softball, Tuckpointer, work study student for Academic Affairs, Kehl Center front desk attendant

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