I Am Seattle Center-Marika Yaplee

I Am Seattle Center

MARIKA YAPLEE, is a student at Seattle University and is heavily involved in their athletics department, including the SU men’s basketball team, which plays in KeyArena at Seattle Center. Here, Marika speaks about the balance of school and sports

“In almost every class, in every major, there’s going to be an athlete. And they don’t act as though they’re better than you because they’re an athlete and because they have a scholarship and things like that. Sometimes they’re the ones that need the most help and the most friendship, just because they’re traveling so much, and sometimes don’t get to make a lot of connections with people outside of the team. So it’s nice to see them in class and interact with them–they’re definitely normal people. It’s not like a big university, where athletes are on a whole different level than you are. Everyone’s going through the same stresses and struggles, so we definitely try to help each other out as much as we can.”

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