Clarissa Kraayenbrink – Staff writer
Jill Schouten is a senior communications major from Sioux Center, IA. Schouten wears number “7” on the Dordt women’s volleyball team and plays libero/defensive specialist. After setting for two years and playing backrow last year, 2016 is her first year of playing libero.
Q: Why did you choose to attend Dordt?
JS: I chose Dordt because I’ve grown up around it – my dad works for Dordt – so I just grew up loving Dordt and knew I would always go here.
Q: How and when did you start playing volleyball?
JS: I started playing volleyball because my older sisters played. I can’t really remember exactly when I started because I grew up just playing with them all the time. But I started playing organized volleyball in middle school.
Q: What is your leadership role on the team?
JS: As seniors, we just try to set a good example by working hard and getting after it in drills and just being encouraging to the younger girls as well.
Q: If you could give advice to freshmen, what would it be?
JS: This is pretty cliché, but enjoy it. It goes by so fast. It seems like just yesterday I was a freshman beginning volleyball. But really just enjoy it, take it all in and make the most of it. Have fun with it.
Q: So why did you switch and how is that transition going?
JS: I switched to being a back-row player because I set for two years on JV. There was just more of an opportunity for me to be a defensive specialist on varsity and Coach [Hanson] said he’d be willing to work with me on those defensive skills. I thought I’d give it a shot. So I worked really hard over the summers and just tried to learn the new skill and it’s been fun.
Q: What do you like about the Dordt community?
JS: I like that the campus is a smaller campus, just because you have a lot of opportunity to get to know people well and you recognize most people that you see. It’s not weird to say hi to people on your way to class because you know or recognize most of them. Just the opportunity to have a Christian education too is really a blessing and to have this Christian community for support and encouragement is a real privilege.
Q: What do you want to do with your major when you graduate?
JS: When I graduate, I hope to just apply for some jobs in a variety of places. But eventually I would hope to go to grad school, maybe take classes online and get my Master’s while I’m working. And then possibly teach at a college level or coach at a college level.