Vanesa Abad ’17

For VANESA ABAD ’17, the start of her college career was filled with transitions. While a junior at Lake Zurich High School, she committed to play soccer at The Ohio State University. During the spring semester of her freshman year, she was faced with significant scheduling conflicts when nursing clinicals coincided with the four-hour blocks of practice time.

Vanesa soon realized that a transfer would be the best path to realizing her goals, and in 2014 she enrolled at Valpo and joined the women’s soccer team.

Vanesa’s success at Valpo, on the field and in the classroom, has been instant. She earned a 3.89 GPA and was named Horizon League Freshman of the Year and a member of the All-Freshman Team for the 2014 season. She scored six goals, appearing in all 20 matches, with 12 starts.

Vanesa credits teammate Sydney Galvez-Daley ’17 for her guidance through the transition, a process that Sydney experienced the year prior when she transferred from Creighton.

“Everyone here is very approachable and helpful,” says Vanesa, who plans to be an emergency room nurse after obtaining her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Valpo. “Whether it’s nursing or soccer, the faculty and coaches do everything to help you succeed.”