There is nothing stopping SFC senior Paloma Szivos from being a triple threat (student/athlete/worker) and excelling in those three fields.

The life of a college athlete is not easy. There are games, classes, and projects that have to be done.

Szivos is originally from Hungary but moved to Florida for school. She is an international student and deals with the difficulties of being away from home.

“I talk to my family very often and video chat on Skype — it is bearable but I miss them a lot. Especially when something is wrong and they can’t be with me to help.”

Paloma decided to come to St. Francis College after her water polo coach suggested it. “After seeing the place on my recruiting trip and realizing what its location had to offer … I chose it right away.”

She is a Business Management major and is also taking the prerequisites for the medical field she would like to pursue in the future.

Szivos is also a part of the swim and water polo team. During swim season she trains approximately 20 hours a week along with two-a-day practices.

Paloma works for the Freshman Advisement office, averaging between 15 to 20 hours a week. “I have absolutely no time to manage between these things unfortunately.”

In addition to all of her tasks, Szivos is on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

SAAC is best described on the NCAA web page as “a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience.” It also helps promote athletic events at school.

After graduating, Szivos plans on attending school in the chiropractic field. She always wants to become a nutritionist and develop a career in Europe.
Her motto? Szivos said: “Keep training hard — I am a big believer in karma.”

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