WATCH: Florida Tech varsity-athlete spotlight recognizes football player Allyn Jaime
major in meteorology with a minor in communications
ABOVE VIDEO: University Athlete Spotlight, Ep. 14: Allyn Jaime
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Being a college athlete at Florida Tech takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to excel both in the classroom and on the court.
In this scholar-athlete spotlight, we feature Panther soccer player Allyn Jaime, a junior who is currently studying meteorology.
Hailing across the Causeway from Melbourne in nearby Indialantic, the forward was named to the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner Honor Roll and Florida Tech Sporting Director Honor Roll at the during the school year 2020-21.
She has also contributed to the Panthers’ 2021 NCAA Southern Region Championship squad this season as her overtime-winning goal at Eckerd on Oct. 9 proved pivotal in Florida Tech’s qualification for the SSC tournament. .
Few places in the country offer a better weather outlook than the Sunshine State. We spoke with Ally about what she wants to do in the world of meteorology after graduation and the 2021 magical season she just experienced.
■ What is your specialty at Florida Tech and why did you choose this? Is this something you’ve always wanted to be a part of?
My major here is meteorology with a minor in communications.
I got interested in meteorology during my last year of high school, while I was taking some sort of random weather elective course. And then my teacher brought in some of her colleagues that she used to work with, and they were talking about the research they had done on hurricanes.
■ What attracted you here at Florida Tech?
It was kind of a variety of things. Originally I wanted to go to a big school very far from my home but Florida Tech is very close to my home, and it’s a smaller school, but it was just a perfect fit for me between football, the meteorology program and teachers.
■ What attracted you here at Florida Tech? While living in Florida, you have the chance to learn a lot about the weather between our active summers and hurricane season. So what did you learn about meteorology while you were here that you didn’t know before?
I knew coming in that it wasn’t just an easy major, that there was a lot of math and physics involved, and learning and looking at all the graphics. My remote sensing classes, my synoptic meteorology classes, can be difficult, but they can also be a lot of fun.
■ What attracted you here at Florida Tech? How do you plan to use your degree after graduation?
Originally I was looking to do some hurricane research, but I spoke to former graduates and they got more into the communication side of things. So, I might be looking to find a weather station to work with.
■ What attracted you here at Florida Tech? For those who don’t know, there is actually a National Weather Service office here in Melbourne. Have you had the chance to work with them?
Unfortunately, I was not able to work with them directly, but I hope to work with our radio station on the WFIT campus in a media practice class that I am taking and will be doing the weekly weather forecast!
■ What attracted you here at Florida Tech? What are some of the exciting projects you have been able to work on in class here?
It’s really great to kind of have that hands-on experience. From the first year, you have biology, chemistry, physics, laboratories, all that sort of thing. And right now I’m in a remote sensing course that we wrote a really cool essay on.
■ What attracted you here at Florida Tech? So how do you deal with everything else once you’re in season?
Well the good thing is we have some very understanding faculty and staff here as well as Mandi Bennett who works to be the liaison between athletics and academics. Our coaches are also really above us to keep this good cumulative average.
It can be difficult and stressful at times, but it’s so much fun that you just put up with all the tough things.
■ What attracted you here at Florida Tech? How has being a varsity athlete prepared you for what you do now and what do you take away from football that you apply to your studies?
I think when you go to college everyone is smart, but it really depends on who’s led. In the field, you have to work, you have to continue whatever happens, until the final whistle. And it’s the same in school, you can be smart, but if you don’t work hard you won’t get anywhere.
■ What attracted you here at Florida Tech? What advice would you give to an athlete who wants to come here and who could get into the world of meteorology?
I would say keep your options open.
In my first year, I was really stuck wanting to research hurricanes. And then now it’s my first year and I’ve talked to the communications department about a few other options that I have, and now I’m falling in love with the journalism and broadcasting side.
■ What attracted you here at Florida Tech? When you look back on the 2021 season, what will you remember most fondly?
I think one thing that really comes to my mind is when we had our little spell of a bunch of ties and Coach (Ryan) Moon was just like ‘be patient, we’re going to climax at the right time, we’re ‘going to peak at the right time’, and then we just continued that crazy winning streak at the end and were able to go really far!
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