MEET THE MAVS

MY AMERICAN DREAM

By Macarena Garcia Terron

MEET THE MAVS

This Kidwell-sponsored content series highlights the unique stories of UNO student-athletes that have built a special connection to our city and community.

MEET THE MAVS

This Kidwell-sponsored content series highlights the unique stories of UNO student-athletes that have built a special connection to our city and community.

This series is brought to you by United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

I’ll never forget the first time my grandpa took me to the golf course.

At the time, I didn’t exactly know why I was there, but I saw the joy it brought to both my grandpa and mom, so I was happy to tag along.

I was nine years old then.

You can imagine how challenging golf is for a nine-year-old, especially when compared to playing the more popular sports that kids usually play..

But as I got older and started to understand the game, it became more and more fun.

I started to fall in love with it.

And I started to realize the potential that my sister, grandpa, and parents saw in me.

I started to play in tournaments at the age of twelve. 

When I turned fourteen, I began to feel the pressure to decide which direction I would go with my future.

People started asking me what I wanted to do with my golf career. It’s a common question in Spain because that’s about the age you need to start making some decisions.

I had two options: I could go down the professional golf route and pursue my passion, which I had been doing for the last five years, or I could pursue the “American dream” first by going overseas to the United States and playing college golf.

I’ve always loved the idea of going to the United States.

My older sister played at the University of South Alabama. We are incredibly close, so she inspired me to pursue a college career in the US, too.

I saw the sisterhood that she was a part of at South Alabama, and I wanted to be a part of that as well.

But I also understood how difficult it would be to leave everything I knew and start a new life thousands of miles away from my family and loved ones.

That’s why I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given here in Omaha.

I’ve had so many incredible experiences already, and I’ve made so many amazing friends. 

I’m truly living my American dream.

Sisterhood

One of the reasons I chose UNO is because I wanted to be a part of a sisterhood.

I wanted to be a part of a team that was more than just teammates.

I wanted to be a part of a team that was family.

I wanted to be a part of a community that felt like home.

And that’s exactly what I found in Omaha.

My teammates aren’t just my friends.

They’re my sisters.

And my coaches treat me like their daughter.

It’s such an incredible feeling knowing that I have a family here in Omaha.

And it’s a family that I can always count on no matter what.

One of the reasons I chose UNO is because I wanted to be a part of a sisterhood. I wanted to be a part of a team that was more than just teammates. I wanted to be a part of a team that was family. I wanted to be a part of a community that felt like home. And that’s exactly what I found in Omaha.

Making history

Last year, I had the privilege of breaking the school scoring record in both a 36-hole tournament and a 54-hole tournament.

It was such an amazing feeling knowing that all of my hard work had paid off.

And it was even more special to me because I didn’t even know I had done it until after I had finished the tournament.

I think that just goes to show that when you focus on the process and not the outcome, good things happen.

While this was an individual achievement, it would not have been possible without the love and support of my teammates and coaches.

They’ve played such a huge role in making me the player I am today.

The programs

One of the reasons I love being a student-athlete at UNO is because they really care about us as people.

We’re not just athletes.

We’re human beings with feelings and problems.

And while I didn’t necessarily thought of myself as a leader initially, but rather someone who brings energy and smiles to every practice, I did want to be a resource for my teammates as well where they can be themselves, too. 

Someone they can turn to and just lean on, you know?

That’s why I got involved in SAAC and the Maverick Leadership Academy.

I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of these programs because they’ve helped me grow so much as both an athlete and a person.

Being a part of those initiatives has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing athletes from other teams, and I’ve learned so much from each and every one of them.

I’ve also had the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences with my fellow teammates, and I hope that I’ve been able to make a positive impact on their lives as well.

Looking ahead

When I think about my future, I know that the sky is the limit.

I have big goals for my time here at UNO, both on and off the course, and I’m going to work as hard as I can to accomplish them.

I want to help lead my team to a conference championship. I also want to continue to get involved in the community and make a difference in any way I can.

On a personal level, I want to continue to break records and achieve my goals both academically and athletically.

I’m a civil engineering major, and I want to finish my degree with the highest GPA possible to set myself up for a successful career after I graduate.

I’m not exactly sure what the future holds for me, but I know that UNO has prepared me for whatever comes my way.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a student-athlete here, and I know I’ll carry these experiences with me wherever I go next.