Published Date: April 17, 2014
Undeterred by UD's lack of a women's golf team, Julia Shinkle will be golfing for the Crusaders next year as a member of the University of Dallas Class of 2018.
When asked what she likes about playing golf, Shinkle said, "When I'm stressed out about schoolwork, or whatever, it's good to just get out there and play. And I really love competing, going to the tournaments. I also love meeting new people; at the tournaments you get to meet people from all over."
While UD still won't technically have a women's golf team, women's golf will be declared as a varsity sport to allow Shinkle to participate in various women's events such as the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Golf Championship. Shinkle will also compete on the men's team in individual events.
Shinkle plans to major in biology; she is interested in sports medicine as a career. She is excited about UD's Human Performance Lab, which contains state-of-the-art equipment for students and faculty to research and test techniques used in biomechanics, exercise science and performance training.
What else about starting college excites Shinkle?
"Meeting people from all over the country," Shinkle said. "And the classes. Learning new things, being exposed to ideas I wouldn't ever have thought of otherwise. Also Rome. I'm very excited about Rome! And playing golf, of course...the Las Colinas golf course is amazing!"
Shinkle lives in New Jersey and attends a private Catholic all-girls' high school in Pennsylvania, a 40-minute drive from her home that she makes every day with her younger sister. When she isn't busy with school or golf, Shinkle devotes her time to community service, helping with a golf program for underprivileged children and volunteering at a pregnancy resource center.
Shinkle's mother learned about UD from "The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College." Shinkle wasn't sure how she felt about this small school in another part of the country until she visited UD with her father in June 2013 and fell in love.
"It's only a three-hour plane ride," Shinkle said. "It could be worse."
Having spent most of her life in the northeastern U.S., Shinkle is also looking forward to winters in Texas.