Graduate Student Spotlight: Becca Graff MA '20

Becca GraffJust as she was completing her undergraduate degree, Becca Graff MA ‘20, learned how the Master of Arts in Kinesiology program at Saint Mary’s College would allow her to combine two of her passions; sports and management.

“I didn't know there was a program that combined sports and management, so when my athletic trainer forwarded me the SMC Grad Kinesiology information, I was super happy! I didn't have a clear idea of what I wanted to do after college and this seemed like a perfect fit. The location was ideal and being in the Bay Area, there are so many athletic institutions to pull and work for.”

A native of Sebastopol, California, Becca graduated from the University of California, Davis, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science with a minor in Human Rights in the Spring of 2018. During her time as an Aggie, Becca played Women’s Club Rugby and served as the club president and team captain. 

“Rugby was probably the best thing that happened to me in college. Lifetime friends that support you on and off the pitch, creates a second family.” 

Since enrolling in the SMC Graduate Kinesiology program, Becca has pursued multiple athletic management opportunities. From being selected as a Graduate Student Coordinator for the SMC Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center, to becoming an Event Day representative for UC Berkeley football games, and working as a Travel Intern for the Cal Athletics Department, Becca has taken full advantage of all the opportunities around her.

As with many new graduates, defining ‘what comes next’, can be a difficult endeavor. With more individuals looking to integrate their work with their passion(s), SMC Graduate Kinesiology students and graduates have found that a career in sports can provide the opportunity to do just that.

“I know that I love sports and I love management, so ideally I'm in a position where I am still working in athletics in a management or administrative position. Because college sports gave me so much, I see myself working in college athletics, however I wouldn't mind dabbling in professional sports.” 

Becca’s best advice to those considering a career in athletics is to, “Go for it! If it's within your means and you have a passion for pursuing a field in athletics, this degree will open so many doors you didn't know were there.”