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Field hockey captain outstanding in her field

By Alex Assimon

NCAA.org

Bethany Vincent, a senior captain on the Franklin and Marshall field hockey team, has had a season to remember. The Diplomats were 16-1 and 10-0 in conference play before falling in the Centennial Conference championship game this past weekend.

“This season has been spectacular,” said Vincent. “It has been an amazing experience.”

Vincent’s time in college has been spectacular off the field as well. When she arrived at Franklin and Marshall, she was unsure which college major to pursue. But after a one-week mission trip to Honduras during her sophomore year, she had no more doubts.

“I knew what I wanted my major to be,” said Vincent, who is now a public health in government major. “We went down and provided health care, medicine and eye glasses to communities that don’t have great access to Honduran care.”

The trip opened her eyes to international health issues and communities that are overlooked and underprivileged. Getting a first-hand glimpse of inequality and injustice sparked a passion in her.

This experience led Vincent to study abroad for the entire 2013 spring semester through the International Honors program. Through her public health comparative program, she traveled to Brazil, Vietnam and South Korea. Vincent spent time comparing the different health systems and issues going on in each community, both in urban and rural settings.

“I learned so much,” said Vincent. “I changed in so many ways that I am still discovering now that I am back. I did so many things that I thought I’d never do.”

With graduating approach in a few months, Vincent has been thinking about her future and decided she wants to face one more challenge before launching her public health career: She plans to apply to serve in the Peace Corps.