Brown's Jessica Link Performs a Balancing Act

Jan. 29, 2003

Jessica Link is an engineering major at an Ivy League school, the top scorer on a Division I women's hockey team, and a model of ideal time management.

"Being an athlete at such a high level academically and athletically has required years of dedication to both aspects," Link said. "Athletes manage their time much better than normal people. They know how to balance sports and education. Otherwise they would not be where they are."

Link is a prime example of a successful student who chooses to dedicate the majority of her time to athletics. Last season, she earned Brown's Sakuma Award, given to a student athlete for perfect attendance at practices and games.

Link was accepted into Brown two years ago as a student blessed with brains but also with pure athletic talent. She began playing hockey with boys before middle school, won the national championship with her high school girls' team, captured the ECAC JPMorgan Chase Hockey Championship in her first year at Brown, and took part in the U.S. National Team Training Camp this year. Despite success in other aspects of her life, hockey is her passion.

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Story orginally featured on the Official ECAC Women's Hockey Website