Senior April Burrage, a sales and marketing major, is back on the tennis courts now after being sidelined for nearly three years with a shoulder injury. She tore the labrum cartilage in her left shoulder from overuse and was thrilled to get back to varsity tennis last year. Now, she’s helping set the standard, practicing around 20 hours a week during the tennis season and placing first in doubles during her junior year and third in singles.
“I love the game of tennis and was thrilled to finally get back into it,” said Burrage. “I initially extended my recovery time by trying to resume too soon. But waiting it out, and fighting my way back in physical therapy, taught me all things are possible. Anything can be done and if something comes up, you can move past it. I wouldn’t change what happened because I learned a lot.”
Academically, she has a 4.0 grade point average and she is a Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholar, a member of the honors program, an honors mentor, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, a student senator for the School of Business and Economics, an INROADS intern, and a Management Leadership for Tomorrow Career Prep Fellow. She also recently interned with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in their risk-management services department. “I’m a big believer in time management. I literally write down everything that I need to do every single day. I keep to my agenda and I try to map out my day each day. So I can finish everything for school, tennis – and also socially,” she said.
She is from Chicago where her mom, Adrian, teaches geometry and her dad, Michael, works in the hedge-fund department at a Swiss financial company. She loves the diverse careers paths available to her as a sales and marketing major and she’s interested in starting her own marketing firm one day, or becoming an insurance broker.
“I really love A&T. It’s a great learning environment. The professors are really helpful and they care about our success – academically and beyond. We have great companies coming to recruit, it’s a fun environment and our homecoming is exceptional. It’s kind of everything you’d want in a college,” she said. “I really believe that A&T provides you with the tools you need to showcase the Aggie Pride. To become someone who is dedicated to excellence, not only from a monetary standpoint but a community-service standpoint as well; to become an individual who changes the world.”