On any given day, she balances her responsibilities as a multi-sport athlete, her coursework in counseling and health psychology, and her training as an Army ROTC Cadet.
“I was recruited [by Coach Andy Yosinoff] during a basketball game my senior year of high school,” she said. “I was excited to play for such a highly-decorated program.” The Saints won the GNAC championship during her sophomore year, earning a spot in the NCAA tournament.
Within the team, she’s also found a close group of friends. “We all spend time together even outside of the gym,” she said. “We have similar classes, we hang out and watch movies together. It’s like a little family.”
In addition to basketball, Shakirah is a thrower for the Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field teams, the latter of which also captured the GNAC championship during the spring 2022 season.
Being a student-athlete, Shakirah said, has taught her a lot about time management, organization, communication and discipline, all of which are integral to the other facets of her education.
Her mornings often begin at five, completing physical or skills training with the ROTC Liberty Battalion, alongside students from nearly a dozen area colleges. “I joined the National Guard during my senior year of high school,” she said. “I knew it would help me pay for school, build a lot of transferrable skills, and help me on my career path.”