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Blair Soden counts persistence among the reasons shes found success in

Blair Soden counts persistence among the reasons shes found success in broadcast journalism. She refused to quit playing lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania, even after extra training and work to improve didnt pay off with playing time. And after graduation, she spent three weeks in New York City -- having already signed a lease -- and hunted for a job before getting hired by ABC News.We talked to Soden, whos now the?manager of original programming and development at NBC Sports, about her transition from being a Division I college athlete to her career in broadcast news.This interview has been edited for length.espnW: How did you feel when you were about to leave college and (essentially) your athletic career? What was going through your mind? Blair Soden:?I was really excited, to be honest, because I had started laying the groundwork for my career the summer of my sophomore year. I had interned at the CBS affiliate in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and then the following summer I interned for the national ABC news network in New York City. I had wanted to work in broadcast journalism for as long as I can remember, and my internship reaffirmed my passion for that field. I was pretty eager to get started and finally get a paycheck for doing the work that I had been doing throughout my college summer years.espnW: How were you able to balance your life as a college athlete with summer internships?BS:?With lacrosse being a spring sport primarily, we pretty much had the entire summer. We would be assigned workouts throughout the summer, so that when we would come back and have a run test in the fall and started working out again for fall ball, we would be prepared. The summer was really our time off, so we were lucky in that respect.I had friends who played field hockey and tennis, which were pretty much year round, who didnt have that luxury and had to come back to school about a month early to start training. But I did have the luxury of having those three or three-and-a-half months to pursue outside interests while still pursuing my training regimen.espnW: How did your first couple of years out of college go? What did you do? BS:?I was hired full time at ABC News as a desk assistant. I also began cross-producing overnight features for weekend Good Morning America, and then I was also a feature reporter for ABCNews.com. So I was working seven days a week, 12-plus-hour days, but I knew thats what is was going to take to grow in this industry. It was tough because a lot of my friends had moved from Philadelphia and Penn to New York City and had all this free time on the weekends, and it was pretty much an extension of college. It was difficult for me to see them re-living those college years, and I was missing out on that.And then about two years after I started at ABC News, I took one of the biggest risks Ive ever taken and left the comfort of ABC News, which is where I thought I would spend my entire career, for an opportunity to help launch, develop and segment produce the new morning edition of SportsCenter [at ESPN]. It meant leaving my friends and going to Bristol, Connecticut, where I was waking up at 3:30 every morning and producing a live show three days a week.I think it set a precedent for me to keep looking for opportunities and challenges that would help me develop and learn in the industry. And I found that pushing yourself out of a comfort zone, although it can be terrifying, is one of the best choices you can make for yourself.espnW: What lessons did you take from being an athlete that have applied to your working life? BS:?My work ethic, my character and my role as a team player. Playing lacrosse at a top academic institution was my dream, and Penn not only has an excellent academic reputation, but the Ivy League is one of, if not the best conference for lacrosse in Division I. I think it goes back to high school because Ohio, at the time, wasnt really on the recruiting radar for lacrosse, so I went to camp after camp to meet coaches and introduce myself, and by the time I met the head coach at Penn, she had already filled most of her recruiting class for my year. But she said if I could get in on my own merit, I would be on the team. So I did.It was an uphill battle for me, to be honest. I barely played my freshman year and was told that if I increase my speed, Id have more of an opportunity to play. So I got running coaches over that summer between my job as a tennis pro at a country club and my internship at CBS, and I trained to return to school and beat everyone at the run test the next winter ahead of the season. But I still didnt see playing time.I watched others quit and go onto a life outside of college athletics, studying abroad and going on spring breaks and having free time, which I was extremely jealous of. But I didnt want to quit, and I think thats something thats really helped build my character, not just in my work life but in my personal life as well. I knew those four years would likely be the last Id be playing lacrosse, especially at an elite level. And the way I looked at it, I got to play the sport that I love every day but game day. I tried to always contribute to the team by supporting my teammates and making sure I cheered the loudest and got the underclassmen on the sidelines to join in on cheers.The lesson that I learned from that was that its tough to learn that your best isnt enough for someone. Its an objective sport, and no matter how hard you work, your fate is in your coachs hands.Theres one time that I always look back to in my college career that really shaped my work ethic and determination. It was Princeton, and they were our biggest rival, and it was an away game my senior year, and my coach told me that I wasnt going to dress for the game -- which is, as an athlete, pretty much the biggest slap in the face you can receive after putting four years of work into a program. I think that a lot of people wouldve walked away that day. But I used it as motivation, and I still do. I think back on that whenever Im in a difficult time.We had words that describe us written on the back of T-shirts by our captains, and my word was persistence. I knew that my future wasnt going to be playing professional lacrosse and I had so much more to look forward to. But it taught me that just because someone doesnt believe in you, all that truly matters is that you believe in yourself and do what makes you happy.espnW: Whats unique about Penn thats helped you in your professional life?BS:?We have a fantastic community of alumni and have a reputation for excellence. Penn holds its athletes to a very high standard, and theres no favoritism from professors or coaches when it comes to academics. I think thats well-known.Im still really involved. I co-chaired our five-year reunion, and Im still involved in alumni activities in the area I live in now, and its just incredible to see how far people have come since college. I have friends who have started businesses all over the world, or who are vice presidents at top New York City banks, politicians, you name it. And we all keep in touch and often work together in our professional careers as well and can bridge gaps between major companies with our shared Penn bond. Its a great community to be a part of.espnW: What advice would you give your college-aged self? BS:?Its a lesson that my parents taught me, and it would be to always believe in myself. I think career-wise, during the second half of my senior year, I was sitting there watching all of my friends get lucrative offers from banks in New York, and I was fairly certain that my internship would result in a job offer, and that I laid the proper groundwork for that to come to fruition in the final week of my internship, but our industry doesnt work like that.I would find myself comparing myself to friends in a field entirely different from mine. There arent those slots waiting for recent graduates like there are in banking. After I graduated I went home to Columbus, Ohio, and I was jobless, and I was completely doubting my future and everything I had worked for, and my parents told me to not give up on my dream. They supported me throughout that summer as I continued to pursue jobs in broadcast journalism.I went to New York with my mom for an interview at ABC News, and I was told that I was a top-three candidate and that if I received an offer, Id need to start right away. My mom and I looked for an apartment and signed a lease during that trip. We went back to Ohio to pack things up, only to find out that I hadnt received the job.Here I was, jobless, living in Manhattan, no income, my parents still supported me. And I think it was only three weeks that I was living in the city without a job -- it felt like an eternity. I took up a job as a restaurant hostess to help supplement my parents contribution to my rent however I could. But then the call finally came from ABC News.I didnt give up, and that word persistence did pay off. Air Max 97 For Sale . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. Air Max 97 Silver Bullet . -- Patrick Reed got an early start in golf. http://www.airmax97forsale.com/ . The Cincinnati Reds remain perfect with their speedy rookie outfielder in the starting lineup. Nike Air Max 97 . -- James Young couldnt wait to apply those tweaks to his jump shot, and the first one he made against UT Arlington told him it could be a good night. Cheap Air Max 97 . -- Canadian Andrew Wiggins got the ball on the wing, made a nifty spin move and then let go with a soft floater from about 10 feet that swished through the net in Allen Fieldhouse.Arsenal scored three goals in seven minutes to seal an emphatic 4-1 victory over struggling Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Alexis Sanchezs opening goal was cancelled out by Jermain Defoes second-half penalty, but substitute Olivier Giroud struck twice before Sanchez wrapped up the win with his second goal.The defeat means Sunderland have made the worst-ever start to a Premier League season, and piles more pressure on manager David Moyes. Here, we look at five talking points from the game. Arsenal hit four to go top Match report from Arsenals 4-1 win over Sunderland. Return of GiroudWhat must Giroud have been thinking when Sanchez leapt above Lamine Kone to head home Arsenals opener? The Frenchmans aerial prowess has always felt like a unique strength among Wengers forwards, but here was their makeshift frontman rising above Sunderlands 6ft 1in centre-back to power the ball past Jordan Pickford.But while Girouds status has taken a hit during his time on the sidelines, his second-half appearance was a timely reminder of his qualities. After instinctively hooking Kieran Gibbs cross into the net with his first touch, he sent a glancing header past Pickford with his second.Thierry Henry described them as two great finishes in the Sky Sports studio, adding: He has been injured and people doubt him but you have to give him his credit. At the beginning of the season I said that I would have both him and Sanchez up front. You can play the Arsenal way, but you can also play long. Sanchez may be the new first-choice, but Giroud gives Arsenal options. Watch highlights as Arsenal beat Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of Light Sunderland on the slide?The Stadium of Light was bouncing after Defoes spot kick pulled them level, but the jubilation was short-lived. Moyes men have now taken just two points from their first 10 games of the campaign. It is the worst-ever start to a Premier League season, and angry fans were heading towards the exits long before the final whistle. Worst-ever PL start Sunderland have made the worst start to a season in Premier League history. Moyes insists they are doing everything they can to turn things around, but there was little cause for optimism in this performance. The Black Cats only mustered three shots on goal across the 90 minutes - their worst return of the season so far - and Sky Sports pundit Niall Quinn fears his former club are already doomed.They looked lost at times trying to do the pass and movement, he said. They had a brief flurry in the second half but quite frankly the way this team is going now it feels like death by a thousand cuts the way theyre playing. Theyve got to something radical and different now. The fans would react better to a more direct approach. David Moyes said his side are doing everything they can to turn their poor form around Does Ox deserve a starting spot?Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored twice in Arsenals EFL Cup win over Reading in midweek and Theo Walcotts injury gave him another chance to impress against Sunderland.dddddddddddd The 23-year-old is desperate to nail down a starting spot in Wengers team, and there were certainly positives to take from his performance.He produced the assist for Sanchezs opener by bursting past Duncan Watmore and delivering a pinpoint cross from the right, and there was also plenty of hard work off the ball. At one point he raced back into his own half to steal possession from Wahbi Khazri and halt a Sunderland counter-attack, and in total he made twice as many tackles (four) as any of his team-mates.There were, however, moments when he should have done better in front of goal. He dragged one effort horribly wide after being released by Ozil in the second half, and he seemed caught between crossing and shooting when he broke free again a few minutes later. He might need to show greater conviction to make the place his own. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provided the assist for Arsenals first goal Elneny impressesArsenal have fierce competition for places in central midfield, and with Santi Cazorla injured and Granit Xhaka suspended, Mohamed Elneny certainly took his opportunity to impress alongside Francis Coquelin. The Egyptian dictated the play from start to finish.He completed 91 of his 97 passes, nearly twice as many as any other player, and he was involved in the build-up to Arsenals first and fourth goals. Elneny constantly made himself available to team-mates, and Premier League tracking data showed he covered more ground (11.15km) than any other player. Even with a fully-stocked midfield, Wenger might find it hard to leave him out. Arsene Wenger praised the quality of Arsenals goals against Sunderland Is Gibbs first-choice?Walcott and Cazorla were joined in Arsenals treatment room by Nacho Monreal, giving Kieran Gibbs his first Premier League start since March at left-back. The 27-year-old was assured defensively and played an important role in Arsenals late rally.He provided the cross for Girouds first goal, laid on another scoring chance from which Ozil should have netted, and struck the post with a powerful shot in the build-up to Sanchezs second. Gibbs has had to be patient, but on this evidence he could be set for the run in the team he has been waiting for. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. Also See: Moyes: Scoreline was harsh Arsenal hit four to go top Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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