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Former athlete and SOC student making big plans for her future
By Courtney Mendenhall
Jessie Miedema Buckner is a 2014 graduate from Radford University, who majored in media studies with a journalism concentration with minors in criminal justice and international studies.
Buckner was a scholarship athlete on Radford’s volleyball team, playing right side hitter. “It helped me grow knowing that I can do anything. It helped me grow maturity. It taught me to take my time making decisions. If I can make it through college and being an athlete, then I can make it through anything,” says Buckner.
Buckner studied abroad in London after her sophomore year with School of Communication professor Dr. Scott Dunn. She describes it as being “an all-around great experience.” “It shaped how the rest of my studies went,” said Buckner.
She was a member of Athletes in Action, a group on campus for sports ministries that helps athletes grow and promote their faith. During her senior year, Buckner was an intern at WSLS and she served as the general manager of Radio Free Radford, the internet radio of student media. Buckner said that being an athlete, a full-time student, and having extracurricular activities was tough to manage, but it was definitely worth it.
Buckner recently got married in August to her college sweetheart, Brett. Brett is a former athletic training student from Radford. He proposed to Buckner on the beautiful Cliffs of Moher in Ireland and they got married in her hometown of Huron, Ohio. “Him and my sister planned it! I had no idea,” said Buckner.
Since graduating, Buckner chose to work a regular full-time job to save for her wedding and continue to plan for her future career path. She has decided to go back to school for her master’s degree in occupational therapy. She would like to become a travel therapist because of her love for traveling to different countries. Buckner said she would even consider opening a blog or joining other platforms for occupational therapy. “I’m open to anything later in life,” she said.
Buckner is definitely enjoying post-college life, but she admits that she misses so many things about being in Radford. “I miss all of my friends and teammates. I miss having a meal plan too,” she says.
In her spare time, Buckner enjoys the outdoors, working out, and cooking meals with fresh produce.