As I’m starting my senior year of college at Colgate University, it’s the perfect time to reflect on my college experience and all of the people that I have to thank for where I’m at. So first of all thank you. This game and this program has given me a lot to be thankful for. My name is Veronica Chen and I am an SCGA Junior scholar.
After winning a CIF State team title my senior year of high school, I felt like I needed to take a break from the game. Of course, I still loved it and I had great memories of using the Golf Pass and playing through SCGA Junior, but I wanted to learn new things. After all, isn’t that what college is all about?
As I was studying English, my passion for communications, learning new things and meeting new people only grew. With the help of my SCGA Junior scholarship, I accepted a position to study abroad in Scotland. The moment I got on campus at the University of St Andrews, I got the itch again.
I joined the ladies golf team at the university and it instantly reminded me of what I had been missing out on. The golf community is special, and even though I had taken a break from it, I still wanted it to be a part of my life. I got to play the most incredible courses and make special memories.
Using my passion for the game as well as my skills as a communicator, I landed a summer internship with the PGA Tour’s communications department. I’ve gained so much hands-on experience and elevated myself professionally. And I have golf to thank. The same skills that I learned on the course: patience, perseverance, respect and how to talk to others, have helped me immensely in my professional pursuits.
For this I’d like to say thank you. Without supporters like you, stories like mine wouldn’t be possible. If you’d like to read more about my experiences in Scotland, at the PGA Tour and with SCGA Junior, you can right here.
I’m so excited for graduation, and can’t wait to share where my career takes me with all of you.
SCGA Junior Scholar