SAAC Spotlight: JSU's Makaila Brown
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – This week’s Southwestern Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Spotlight features Jackson State women’s golf athlete, Makaila Brown.
The junior team captain from Chicago, Illinois, completed the below interview:
a. What activities do you enjoy on your college campus?
I enjoy the community service activities and events held by various organizations on campus.
b. What is your major/minor?
My major is Marketing.
c. How does it feel to be away from home/family?
I am an independent person so it feels good to be away from home; however I occasionally miss my family.
d. How many siblings do you have?
I do not have any siblings.
e. What is it about the SWAC that interests you?
What interests me about the SWAC is that it helps speak for student-athletes, get them involved in volunteer work, and has goals to improve their athletic programs.
f. How has attending JSU helped to develop you - as a person and as a player?
It has helped me to develop stronger communication skills and speak up more than I would normally speak. As a player, it has helped me to become more team oriented and supportive than I already am. Overall, I have become a better person.
g. Who is your biggest influence in sports, and why?
My biggest influences in sports are my teammates because they always support and push me to be the best player that I can be.
h. Who in pro sports do you pattern your game after, and why?
Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson because I love what they stand for as players. They have integrity and they both play left-handed like me.
i. What philosophy do you live by, as an athlete?
The philosophy I live by as an athlete is to never give up and at the end of the day to be able to say I tried my best.
j. How do you determine or evaluate success?
I evaluate success based on how I feel within. If I feel like I’ve accomplished my goals by improving my short game, lowering my putting averages, or shooting a certain score, then I have been successful.
k. What do you have planned after you earn your undergraduate degree? What are your academic goals?
Hopefully after I finish college I will know what to do with my degree and my academic goals are to continue raising my GPA and to remain on the dean’s list.
l. How would you summarize your experience with the SWAC?
My experience with the SWAC has been pretty good, especially when I attended the SWAC SAAC In-Person Conference.
m. What lessons learned during your time in the SWAC will you take with you into the future?
I have learned helpful ways to improve my team and SAAC at my college and how to network with various schools to gain knowledge about ways we can all come together and help each other.
n. What plans do you have for the summer – internship, sports, jobs, volunteering, etc.?
I plan on entering in various tournaments, hopefully getting an internship and/or working at a golf course this summer.