In a few days, Heather O'Reilly will be joining her academic mentor and boyfriend Dave as a UNC graduate
Twenty-five-year-old US defender Lori Chalupny has left training camp to return to school at UNC, where she is taking finals in what will be her last semester of college. Chalupny, who, like many WNT players, took considerable time off from school to pursue her soccer career, still has four classes left but will be able to complete them online.
Therefore, her days as an undergraduate are numbered. Congrats Chups! Meanwhile, 24-year-old midfielder Heather O'Reilly is also on the cusp of finishing college. After training camp, she will return to Chapel Hill to finish up the last few days of her student teaching internship, which serves as her final semester towards her Education major.
O'Reilly has been assisting seventh grade social studies at Phillips Middle School, where we hear Miss O'Reilly is one of the most popular teachers. The kids are even planning a party for her on her last day.
O'Reilly is the latest WNT player to finish her education despite the tremendous time commitment and travel that it takes to play for your country, a commitment that has seen O'Reilly play in four World Championships since 2002. To commemorate O'Reilly's graduation, she came up with the Top 10 reasons it's cool to graduate from college.
Heather O'Reilly's Top-10 Reasons It's Cool to Graduate from College
10. She can FINALLY put "Graduated from UNC" in her US Soccer bio
9. No longer has to hear her mom mention that she's the only college dropout in the O'Reilly family (Note: her three brothers went to Georgetown, Syracuse, and the Air Force Academy).
8. She no longer has to feel like the "creepy old student" when she's on campus.
7. She won't feel guilty about NOT studying while on WNT road trips.
6. She is now positively impacting the graduation rate of UNC women's soccer players.
5. She can now look for a real job. NOT! Still gonna play soccer.
4. New snazzy piece of decor for her NYC apartment: Framed diploma!
3. No longer has to hear this when she bumps into friends on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill: "Hey...so, you're still here?"
2. Figures she can get at least two more years of discounts if she keeps her student ID card.
1. As she said to her college academic advisor, "Thanks for everything, those six and half years just flew by."
The previous story is excerpted from a press release by Sky Blue FC and is reprinted by beat writer Lauren Green. Green is a freelance writer who writes for Bleacher Report and Sports, Then and Now. She can be contacted for comment or hire at firstname.lastname@example.org .