Audrey Krajec

August 10, 2021 12:08 PM

Name and class year:

Audrey Krajec - Class of 2015

Major(s)/minor(s) while at Millikin:

Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing

Current employer and job title:

Denver Health Registered Nurse

Why did you choose to attend Millikin?

I chose Millikin because of its prestigious nursing program as well as the competitive volleyball program. Millikin allowed me to be a student-athlete, putting a high focus on academics while allowing me to participate in the sport I loved.

Please list some of your Big Blue stats and athletic achievements:

-2011 CCIW Freshman of the Year

- 1st team All-Conference

- AVCA All American honorable mention

- 2012 1st team All-Conference

- 1st team All American

- Lead NCAA division III in hitting % (.437)

- 2013 CCIW Co-Player of the Year

- 1st team All-Conference

- 1st team All-American

- Lead NCAA in total kills in a season (726)

- 2014 CCIW Co-Player of the Year

- 1st team All-Conference

- 1st team All-American set MU record for total career kills (2,264).

Aside from athletics, what activities did you participate in during your time at Millikin?

I was very involved in mentoring young girls pursuing to play volleyball.  I strived to be a positive role model and gave them positive outlets in their lives. By coaching club volleyball and teaching private lessons, I was able to teach and inspire them by sharing my knowledge and compassion for the sport.

What was your most memorable moment as a Millikin student-athlete?

It is difficult to choose just one memorable moment, but a few stand out to me as I look back on my volleyball career at Millikin. In the semifinals of the conference championship in 2013, we were in the 5th set vs. Carthage, down 11-14, but we made a comeback to win the game 16-14. Our team was so relentless and fought for every point, allowing us to get the win. My other favorite memories include taking trips each year to places like LA, NYC, Virginia Beach, and then abroad to Italy and France. I cherish all the memories and the overall camaraderie of being a part of the volleyball team during my time at Millikin.

What MU professor, coach, or staff member made the most significant impact on you, and why?

Debbie Kiick made a significant impact on me, both in volleyball and in life. She pushed me outside of my comfort zone to be a better leader, teammate, volleyball player, and overall human being. My professor and volleyball liaison Isabelle Ososki also made a significant impact on my nursing career. She taught one of the most challenging nursing classes, pathophysiology and Medical-Surgical nursing. Her expectation of me as a student pushed me to become the best nurse, providing the best possible care to patients.  

What are some of your accomplishments since graduating from Millikin?

Being an RN allowed me to pursue travel nursing, leaving my comfort zone, visiting new places, meeting new people, and experience new things. I am proud to have accomplished working in the epicenter of a global pandemic in NYC. Although it was challenging, it was gratifying to help patients and join the fight against Covid-19. Another treasured accomplishment was playing volleyball abroad in France for a year. Learning the language and culture all while playing the sport I love was an experience I’ll never forget.

Apart from supporting the Big Blue, what is your favorite pastime?

I still enjoying playing volleyball when I can, and since I live in Colorado near the mountains, I enjoy hiking, skiing, and being outdoors. I also love to travel.

How has your experience as a Millikin athlete prepared you for professional or personal success?

Being an athlete at Millikin taught me so many valuable life lessons. Some of my favorite lessons learned include teamwork, determination, resilience, discipline, relentlessness, leadership, and respect. These lessons are all essential aspects that play a crucial role in both my personal and professional life.

What advice would you give to current MU students about preparing for life after graduation?

Take risks, and don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone!