BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Marjorie Head (Columbiana, Ala./Shelby County HS) is a two-time all-region, three-time All-Southern Athletic Association runner who has been the recipient of two SAA sportsmanship awards, and a SAA Academic Honor Roll member for the past two years as well.
A political science major, she is currently in the process of applying to law school. Head is carrying on the family tradition of practicing law; her father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all lawyers. She isn't just choosing to be a lawyer because of her family history, however. Law is something she feels familiar and comfortable with and she really enjoys it. Head is specifically interested in environmental law and public policy.
Her father went to Birmingham-Southern, and when it came time for her to choose between going to BSC or the University of Alabama, she decided she'd prefer a small school experience. On top of that, she wanted to continue her career in running, an opportunity which didn't exist at Alabama. Head said of her desire to become a collegiate student-athlete, "I wanted to be able to keep running. I didn't really feel like I was done with that. I didn't feel like I had reached my potential." She said she was known as a basketball player in high school, but felt as though she had reached her potential on the hardwood, yet had the chance to improve as a runner.
One of the reasons Head started running is because of her parents' desire for the family to be healthy and active. Her parents exercise five times a week, and the whole family would do fun run events in Colombiana every year. All the kids were encouraged to play sports as a way of being active. Head said that her older sister was a tremendous runner in her own right, competing in cross-country at West Point before stress fractures ended her career.
Head's favorite part of being a student-athlete is simply the act of running. "If you love running, it's not something you can really fake," she said. "Sometimes with running … there's just days where you just hate your life. You're just like, 'I don't want to take another step. I feel terrible. I don't want to run another mile.' But every time those days happen I think about ... that one moment you get when you feel like you're running on air. Where everything is clicking in your body, when everything feels right and you just feel great. It doesn't happen that often, but when it does, it's addicting."
Birmingham-Southern offers tremendous opportunities academically, which Head said is the best part of being a student at the school. "You're working with professors that are literally the best in their field, and you're getting one-on-one time with them," she said. "They're helping you with your own research, they're bringing in other speakers that are renowned in their field." She also appreciates the small class sizes and how it lets you form relationships with professors as opposed to just being one student in a room of hundreds. She loves the opportunities that arise from January Term courses, internship connections, and Panther Partnerships, which allow students to get more experience outside of classes. She had the opportunity to go on a five city tour of Europe for Jan Term, visiting Amsterdam, Athens, Budapest, Madrid, and Florence. She said that tour was the best experience of her life. In addition to her responsibilities and roles as a student-athlete, Head is the honor council president, a part of Greek life, and is a member of several honor societies.
She identifies herself as being a problem solver, wants to help other people, and works hard to figure out how to fix a situation. Head's message to any prospective collegiate student-athletes is to always stay mentally tough and keep personal goals at the front of your mind. Even though it may be hard, she says, it's important to never give up on your goals and persevere, even if the end result seems elusive.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people avoid answering a question.
What is your favorite holiday?
What is your favorite sports team?
Auburn and the St. Louis Blues.
What is your favorite TV show?
Parks and Rec.
What is your favorite candy?
Hot weather or cold weather?
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