College Bound: Meagan Kralj

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Meagan Kralj, pictured celebrating after Heritage Hills won the IHSAA Class 3A sectional at Boonville in May, will be playing collegiate softball next year at Rend Lake College.

A Q&A with Heritage Hills alum Meagan Kralj who will be playing softball collegiately at Rend Lake College.

What was the biggest factor into your decision to play sports collegiately? I want to get a good education and be as little in debt as possible. I plan on getting a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a minimum and college is expensive. If I can continue to play the sport that I love and get the education I want with little debt, why would I not pursure this opportunity?

What stood out about Rend Lake College and what made you choose that school over others you visited? When you begin to look at colleges, you want to find a home away from home. The minute I stepped on campus I felt that I had found it. Everyone was so welcoming — Rend Lake has the traditional larger campus feel while being a small school. I love the size of the classrooms being about a 16 to 1 student to teacher ratio.

During your time at Heritage Hills, who or what do you feel most prepared you for playing sports in college? This one is hard — there have been many people and things that have helped prepare me. All of my coaches and teammates throughout the years for giving me encouragement and helping me to be a team player. Also, being a student athlete teaches you that you have to manage your time and that you must practice at everything you do — whether that's mastering a pitch or studying for a test. I would also have to give some credit to my theater teacher Mrs. Fortune — she helped me to come out of my shell and feel comfortable with myself and turned me into this goofy, outgoing kid I have become. And of course, my parents and sister for always encouraging me to do my best and supporting me throughout the years.

What was your biggest accomplishment during your time at Heritage Hills? Making decent grades and winning awards in softball while being a good friend and team leader.

If you could describe your high athletic experience in one word, what would it be? Rewarding

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