In pursuit of excellence
Soon-to-graduate Sara Baxter sets sights on law school
Ever wonder what varsity student-athletes do after they graduate?
A handful will go on to compete professionally in their sports of choice. A greater number will choose to continue post-graduate academic studies with the goal of earning one or more additional degrees.
For fifth-year rugby studentathlete Sara Baxter, her goal is to become a lawyer. By the time she graduates in May with an hon- ours business administration degree specializing in accounting, she will likely have made her final decision from among no fewer than four law schools.
“I’m very, very excited,” Baxter said. “I found out … I’ve been accepted by the University of Toronto to study law.”
She had previously been accepted by the University of Ottawa, another of the four law schools to which she had applied. As of mid December, she had also been accepted at Dalhousie.
The other law school to which she has applied is Queen’s. She expected to hear from Queen’s one way or the other this month.
Were she to choose Queen’s, “I might have the opportunity to study in England again.” The university, she pointed out, “owns a castle (in England) which was gifted to them. There are a couple of programs you can choose that include courses at the castle.”
When she entered Acadia in 2014, Baxter, a Moncton native, expected to graduate in four years. Because she chose a co-op option in her second year – and spent a semester studying in Plymouth, England – she found herself a couple of credits short.
She was not disappointed, having already made the decision to return for a fifth year of study (and rugby) in 2018-2019. The fact the Axewomen were hosting the U-Sports women’s rugby nationals this fall was a big factor in her decision to spend a fifth and final year at Acadia.
It’s been an exciting fall semes- ter for Baxter. Along with applying to law schools and experiencing the women’s rugby nationals, she was an Acadia’s nominee for a Rhodes Scholarship.
With rugby over for this year, Baxter, who is staying for second semester, will spend her time finishing her honours thesis, examining “the complexity of tax regulations for small business in Canada.”
Asked her impressions of the rugby nationals, Baxter said it was “incredible. The fan support was unbelievable, and I was very happy with our performance overall.”
Conference rival St. F.X. ended up winning the national title.
This is also Baxter’s second year writing feature stories for Acadia Athletics.
“I’m loving it. I’m getting to hear people’s stories, how they got here, and what they’re doing outside sport. I love being able to give credit to people for all the great things they’re able to do over and above being a studentathlete.”
As she nears the end of her time at Acadia, Baxter was asked if she had a highlight from the past four- plus years. “I don’t know if I could choose one,” she says. “My time here has been so incredible because of all the people I’ve been able to meet and all the connections I’ve been able to make.”
And, of course, she’s excited to study law next and is thrilled to have some of the expense covered by scholarships “and the earnings from my co-op placements.”
As well, she was one of eight Atlantic Canada business students in 2017 to receive a Sobey’s scholarship valued at $25,000.