Sports Spotlight: Juliet Nelson '18

October 15, 2015

Juliet Nelson

Juliet filled us in on athletics at Simmons -- and the new Daly Field!

What are you studying at Simmons? What drew you to your major?

I'm studying nursing. I've always wanted to become a nurse, even from a young age. I have a drawing of myself from when I was 6 years old captioned “I want to be a nurse when I grow up. I want to help moms and their babies." I have a passion for caring for other people and becoming a nurse will allow me to use this passion for a career. I want to help people through some of the best and maybe worst times in their lives.

What's your favorite part of your program?

The faculty and the bonds that I've made with my classmates. The nursing program is extremely rigorous but that's what produces great nurses and friendships. All of the assignments, exams and practicals that my classmates and I completed have created such close friendships. And the faculty here are amazing. They personally care and genuinely want success from every student. Between these two aspects, I really don’t think that I could find something like the Simmons nursing program anywhere else.

What sport do you play? What position?

I play softball -- I'm a pitcher as well as a first baseman. 

How do you balance being a student athlete?

There are many demands, deadlines and required commitments. It takes a very detailed calendar, a lot of time management and focus to be a student athlete. I have everything in my life planned out in my calendar. Being a student athlete also means a little bit of sacrifice. It may mean turning down an invite to go out with friends because you have homework you need to catch up on. This may sound awful to some people, but it's my choice to be a student athlete. I get to play the sport that I love and continue becoming a nurse. That makes this worth it to me. 

What's your favorite sports moment in your Simmons career?

Pitching in my first collegiate softball game. There has never been anything like the feeling that I had then. Between all of the different teams I have played on, there isn’t anything like playing for a college and stepping on the mound for the first time.

What's your favorite part about playing sports at Simmons?

The family that you become a part of. The friends that I am making -- not only on my team -- but on all of the other athletic teams are some of the best friends that I have ever had. Everyone is so welcoming in the sports community. Athletics makes my experience at Simmons so much better. I love being a college athlete.

What's your breakfast routine before a game?

I always have a toasted gluten free bagel with peanut butter, honey and cinnamon. I will also eat (preferably) a banana, but I will have a piece of fruit that the dining hall is offering for the day. And before I leave the dining hall, I always fill up my water bottle. Then I am ready for game day.

Do you have any superstitions surrounding games?

On the bus ride before the game, I always listen to the same playlist and end with the same last two songs. On the field, I always run next to the same person, stretch, throw and do my pre-game routine with them as well. I warm up hitting with my team by setting up the net and tee and we go in a specific order. Luckily I have a team that is superstitious as well, so I am not the only one who wants everyone to do the same things. Warming up pitching is also a routine I have set in stone. I always warm up my pitches in the same order and go through a mental process in the same way.

It may seem so silly to some people -- but it is how I get game ready. I am a firm believer that it isn’t weird or crazy if it works. 

How does it feel knowing you're going to be playing on Daly Field? How will it impact your team?

For softball, we've never had a home field at Simmons. We always play on different fields for our home games. Daly Field will allow my team to have a home field. A field where we can practice and then get to host other teams for our home games. It will create an even stronger atmosphere of family. We can get used to our dugout, our dirt and our routines on a field we can call our own. 

We now have a place where all of our outdoor athletic teams will play. We'll know when an athlete says they have a home game this weekend that it will be at Daly Field. There are places for fans -- so I anticipate more people will come cheer each other on. Our athletic family will have a place we can all call home.

What's your Simmons moment?

There isn’t actually a single moment that I can think of that encapsulates all of what I love about Simmons. I love getting to see the streets go crazy on opening day of Fenway. I love getting to go for a walk and ending up at a different cute coffee shop every time. I love being so close to the Boston Common and Newbury Street. And there is nothing like getting to do clinicals in world-renowned hospitals.

I love the Boston experience that comes with Simmons. It is the best of both worlds with having such an great academic school as well as the Boston experience.