Overcoming Failure: Baseball vs. Life


Baseball is a game of failure. It will also teach you many valuable lessons about life. Imagine failing at 70% of everything you do. How would you deal with it? Welcome to the life of a baseball player. In baseball, getting a hit 3 out of every 10 at-bats is considered successful. In fact, so successful, numerous Major League Baseball players have been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame at the end of their career for getting a hit 3 out of every 10 at-bats (failing 70% of the time). However, baseball is not the only place failure is experienced. In life, there are many challenges, obstacles, and failures that we must overcome as well. There are many ways to deal with challenges and overcoming failure. No matter how you go about dealing with these challenges, there is one key component you must have, or develop to overcome these obstacles: Mental Toughness. Not only is mental toughness important in baseball; we need to be mentally tough in life too.

Checkout the interview below with Kyle Prats as we talk about overcoming failure in baseball and life through mental toughness:

Interview and written By: Erick Gaylord

My Cheer Experience

Cheer leading, typically thought of as a girls sport, or not even a sport at all, but not usually associated with males. This stereotype is very untrue. Cheerleading has tons of males involved in it, especially during the competition aspect of it. Cheer involves lifting people in the air, not throwing a 2lb ball. There are extensive workouts because it involves and requires all of your muscles to be used. A little background on myself, I have never cheered a day in my life until my senior year here at CU. I did pageants, modeled, sang, and played soccer and basketball as a young child. In high school I was competitive dancer for all four years. Again, the stereotypes of dance are untrue; it requires for a person to be conditioned and physically active. I came back to Campbell this year wanting to find a way to get active and get back in shape. Cheer I thought was a good option. Little did I know how much physical activity it entailed, I love cheering. Collegiate cheering is much different from high school and competition cheer. From the way we stunt, to the way we tumble, and also to the rules that we have to follow. One thing that differs us from competition cheer is the fact that we only get one chance to prove ourselves in the cheer world. One competition to show off all of our skills that we have worked so diligently on during the year. From my perspective I look at the football and basketball games as simple practices and ways to keep ourselves involved. Cheer is honestly based off of muscle memory, hitting the same stunt 40 times in a row, and then doing it after a month without practice and hitting it comes from muscle memory. If we are being completely honest here, my favorite part of cheering is the chants and showing spirit at the games, it’s the stunting and building relationships with people that I otherwise would not even speak to if it wasn’t for cheer. The feeling of putting on that uniform on game day is so different. Even if some may argue that statement, putting on that uniform knowing you’re a representation of your university, makes you want to go out and hit all of your stunts, and land all of your tumbling. Cheering for me isn’t just about the scholarship, or working out, or even putting the hard work in, it is honestly all about the friendships, and  being a part of something bigger. Walking around campus and people recognizing me because I stand on the field or on the court with a uniform boosts my self-esteem. Cheering during a game is so much fun because you are the one who starts the chanting, you are the one who tries to get the crowd pumped for the game. Win or lose a game, WE ARE CU! GO CAMELS!


Written By: Austin Ivory Phelps

Q&A with Campbell Faces

Kyle White is a junior math education major from Washington, NC and he tells us about working for Campus Rec and his love for intermural sports.


“It’s where I found my group of best friends, where I stay active and out of my dorm room, and where so many memories here at Campbell have been made.”

Q: What made you come to Campbell?

My youth minster was a graduate of Campbell and he brought me here on a tour when I was a junior in high school. I just really felt God lead me here. It’s just like a big family, you can tell. When I got here on visitation day, I met a professor in the math department, it was Dr. Williams. I saw her later on that day and she recognized me and said “hey” and I thought “well if she can remember me in one day, then she will definitely remember me at school.

Q: What would you like to do with math?

I want to be a high school teacher and a coach. My dad was my high school science teacher and basketball coach for all four years. I kind of want to take his job, but I probably won’t go back home it will be somewhere else. Working with kids, working with students and players.

Q: How long have you been working for Campus rec?

Literally since the day I got here as a freshman.

Q: What do you do for campus rec?

I am a supervisor and head of officials. I officiate just about every sport that we have here and give trainings for other officials. We train them to learn to officiate. I play intermural sports as well. That’s one of the good things that our boss lets us do. We play, but our job is top priority.

Q: Which games do you officiate?

I officiate Flag Football, Indoor and Outdoor Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, and Softball for Intermural Sports.

Q: Have you ever officiated anything before working for Campus Rec?

Yes! I officiated Rec Soccer back in Washington. That’s how I got into officiating in the first place. I officiated kids from ages 8-15.

Q: Is there anything you would like everyone to know about Campus Rec?

A: I hope more and more people see how awesome Campus Rec and intermural sports are! It’s where I found my group of best friends, where I stay active and out of my dorm room, and where so many memories here at Campbell have been made.

Interview By: Hannah Gooding

Q&A with Campbell Faces

Joshua Moorman is a 5th year senior and is majoring in Biology.  He talks about his major and what he has enjoyed about his classes at Campbell.

What brought you to Campbell?

Scholarship, and respected science program

Why Biology as a major?

Interest in animals and anatomy/physiology

What do you suggest to Freshman Biology Majors?

STUDY! It will get much harder so be comfortable with basics.

What are your plans after you graduate?

Large animal research and documentary opportunity

What were your funniest moments at Campbell?

Any Dr. Bartlett class!

What will you miss the most at Campbell?

The people who made my time there worthwhile

Interview By: Lauren Grant

Q&A with Campbell Faces

Originally from Ramseur, North Carolina, Tiffany Seawell came to Campbell not only to work hard, but to lead in Healthcare Management and Business.

“The first time I stepped foot onto Campbell’s campus, I locked in my decision. I love the atmosphere and I love the people,” Seawell said. “I have great relationships with not only my peers but also my professors and even the Dean of Lundy-Fetterman School of Business.”

Seawell has led the charge on campus in healthcare management, overseeing a panel discussion on healthcare expansion in North Carolina, as President of the Healthcare Management Club.

“We planned and worked up until the day of the panel discussion. We all worked tirelessly last semester, and I’m so proud to say that the panel discussion was a success.” Seawell said. “I definitely did not do it alone, I had a great team.”

In addition to hosting the outstanding panel discussion, Seawell has been a dynamic student leader in her field through her experiences interning.

“I have had two internships where I worked with the Administrator of a nursing home and the Administrator of an assisted living for the mentally ill. These internships were probably the most important thing I have done to better my education.” Seawell said. “After gaining experience, concepts in the classroom became real and I was able to connect to lessons more by being able to apply them to what I have experienced.”

Seawell attributes much of her success to the opportunities she was afforded as a student at Campbell.

“When I met Dean Hawkins on a visitation day, and he knew my name, I knew that this was my school.” Seawell said. “He promised me great opportunities and a great education, which I have gotten ten-fold.”











Written By: Louis Duke

Q&A with Campbell Faces

Collins Lopez, senior Political Science/ Pre-Law major, talks about comic books, cemeteries, and studying abroad.












Q: What is an interesting fact about you?


A: I like comic books. Superman is the greatest of all time. He is a hero you can always look up to, even in his darkest times.


Q: Have you been to Comic-Con?


A: I was planning on going to the one in San Diego, but I couldn’t. This month I’ll be going to the North Carolina one with some friends. It’s my first time, so I won’t be dressing up, though.


Q: Why did you choose to major in Political Science/ Pre-Law?


A: I think politics are interesting and necessary. The study of politics really flows into everything. I also love the law. I can apply it to different situations, like from Comm Law I can apply everything I learn to shows like How to Get Away With Murder and Law and Order, which is really interesting.


Q: What do you want to do after graduation?


A: I’m hoping to go to Campbell’s Law School. They have a dual program with NC State that I want to do so I can get a masters in Political Science. I also want to travel. I want to see Europe. I was going to study abroad, but the timing didn’t work out. I’m definitely looking into doing that in Law School. I also love cemeteries, and there are so many in Europe, like High Gate cemetery in London. The history is just so amazing.


Q: What do you do around campus?


A: I am one of the founding fathers of Kappa Sigma. When I came to Campbell, I knew there wasn’t any Greek life and I wanted to change that for the brotherhood that is involved. It was a great opportunity and I am happy to have so many brothers in our chapter.


Q: What is your favorite color?


A: Gray, which is weird because there are no gray areas in law.


Interview By: Beth Pandone

Q&A With Campbell Faces

Hannah Shackelford, junior English major, discusses books, being a part of a sisterhood, and being busy.

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Q: What is an interesting fact about you?


A: I am in Delta Phi Epsilon. I am a founder and the current secretary.


Q: What made you want to be a part of a sorority?


A: The sisterhood. The idea of having people you can always call on for anything. I never had a sister so now I have 50 at this school, and so may more nationwide.


Q: What do you do with the sorority?


A: Well, actually it is our biggest fundraising event of the year was Friday. We had a pageant to raise money for cystic fibrosis. The pageant had 10 men competing to win.


Q: Why did you choose English as your major?


A: I have always loved books. I really have a passion for reading but not writing so much. I want to edit books and help people to make their books better.


Q: What are your plans for after graduation?


A: Grad school, hopefully in England but we’ll see. Then I want to get a job at a publishing house. Hopefully I will be able to work either in an office or at home when I have a family. That really appeals to me.


Q: What else are in involved in on campus?


A: I am the treasurer of the English Club, I am in the Honors Program, The Quiz Bowl Team, English Honors Society, and I work in the Office of Study Abroad.


Q: How do you deal with being so busy?


A: I just do it. There are a lot of night without enough sleep, a lot of days with too many cups of tea. You just gotta do what you gotta do.


Q: What is your favorite color?


A: I actually don’t have one. I don’t pick favorites.


Interview By: Beth Pandone