Dream Big Profile - Jessie Stomski
Beside her family, senior Jessie Stomski loves two things: basketball and writing. Both provide her with the thrill and desire to succeed. Stomski currently attends the University of Wisconsin where she is a tri-captain for the Lady Badgers' basketball team.
Her success on the court started in high school where she was a dominant center in the state of Minnesota and won team most valuable player honors. Today, the 6'3" forward contributes with rebounding and scoring to make the Badger program one of the most successful in the Big Ten.
"At the end of last season, I decided to recommit myself to basketball. My goals coming into this season were extremely team-oriented," says Stomski. "I want to do whatever it takes this year to be a part of a championship team." The Badgers could be on their way. In their first six Conference games, the team is undefeated and have their best start in the program's history.
As tri-captain, Stomski works to be a consistent leader on the court and serves as a communication link between coaches and players. Sports has given her confidence and shown her how to lead, work within the framework of a team and accept criticism. Through sports, Stomski continues to realize new opportunities and make numerous friends. Many of these friends have even given her nicknames, from Stompkitty and Stompcookie to J.J. and Man Feet.
As a journalism major, she is able to combine her two loves. She contributes a column to home game programs. "It gives our fans an inside look at our team, and it also gives me practice at writing for an audience, " says Stomski.
Since basketball is her first love, she hopes to continue playing basketball professionally after graduation. Yet, she also strives for a successful career in journalism. "Maybe doors will open up for me through my basketball experience, or I may branch out into our areas of writing. Right now, I'm just trying to create as many options for my future as I can."
Stomski set goals early and is ready for what the future brings. "I dream big by not setting limits for myself, or seeing the ones that may be placed on me. This is my new, favorite quote, 'Both dreams and nightmares must be fed to stay alive.' (author unknown). Right now, I am feeding my dream with faith and hard work."