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Nathalie Nygren

Stockholm, Sweden • Business Management

Florida is one of the best environments you can hope for as a golfer. The climate allows you to play nearly year-round. Coming from Sweden, that was important to me. As a student, it’s pretty great too.

 

I visited three schools in Florida and just fell in love with the University of North Florida at first sight. The campus is beautiful and natural, and I love Jacksonville as a city. It has a great golf scene and one of the most famous courses in the world. I’ve been golfing since I was six years old and thought this would be a great spot to start my golf career.

 

I joined the golf team here for two reasons — the Golf Complex and my coach, Joanne Steele. The Golf Complex is a great facility for practicing. I’m there so much that it’s important that I like the facility. Also, Coach Steele really sold me on coming to UNF. I loved her energy and the goals she set for the team and me. She’s more than a coach —she’s a good role model. She’s really supportive and there for us all of the time. That’s been really helpful to me as an international student. She helped me with paperwork and scholarships and really paved my way here. It’s great to have someone like that  — a coach with a great vision for running a golf team who cares about each of us as individual people, not just golfers.  

 

I feel like I’ve had a great fall and really developed my game here.  Coach tells me I’m a different player since I arrived in Jacksonville and that I’m more focused. I credit my team with helping me get there. Golf seems like an individual sport, but it’s really a team effort. It’s a mental game, so if we didn’t support each other, we wouldn’t be as effective.

 

That support helps us get through our day-to-day schedules. Our average day includes workouts for strength and conditioning, practice and studying. It’s a lot of work, and having people right there with you helps you push through when it gets tough. While I might practice a lot, I’m also pretty diligent about doing well in school. The Coggin College of Business is a great place to learn more about the business world. If my golf career doesn’t lead me to the pros, I’ll be happy to have a degree that I can apply in the international market.  

 

At the moment, I’m just cherishing every moment here in the States. Golf is a great sport and a huge part of my life, but not everyone can make it. I plan to work as hard as I can and give that a shot professionally, but I’m definitely open to working in business.

 

Whether it’s golf or business, I know I’m going to work hard at whatever I set my mind to. Playing at the Division I-level gives you a lot of resources to get better, but you have to put in the work. UNF’s golf program is blessed with a great coach and facility, but you can’t get by on doing the bare minimum. You have to put in the extra time. I’ve learned that as an Osprey.

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UNF’s golf program is blessed with a great coach and facility, but you can’t get by on doing the bare minimum. You have to put in the extra time. I’ve learned that as an Osprey.