How I lost my identity but found my worth
The inevitability of change and transition is petrifying; our identity is constantly called into question as things end, begin, or shift. As a just-graduated college student and former D1 soccer player, the largest components of how I identified have been stripped, leaving me raw and exposed. However it is only now, in my most vulnerable state, that I catch glimpses of the person I will become.
Jeannie Woller graduated in May from Utah State University with a BS in English: Creative Writing and a minor in Psychology. As goalkeeper for Utah State University’s women’s soccer team, she set university records in career saves, shutouts, and goals against average, while also receiving numerous team, regional, and national accolades, both athletic and academic.
As an undergraduate, Jeannie also participated in Ignite USU, a student speaker series held during Research Week. She was a three year member of USU’s Slam Poetry team and helped in the creation of Logan’s monthly all-ages Slam Poetry competition, continuously striving to find a creative identity to pair with her overwhelmingly athletic one.
Jeannie currently works in Salt Lake City as a goalkeeper coach for a local soccer club, a reading and writing tutor at The Waterford School, as well as as an audio production Intern for a local storytelling event.
Jeannie now wants you to forget all these facts about her, because her true goal in life is to not continually introduce herself with her past successes, but instead as someone who wants to understand how the mind can connect with the voice in order to highlight individual and shared experiences. She is now figuring out a way to make that her career.