Spartans of UD: Rylee Andresen

Dec 11, 2019

Spartans of UD highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people who live, work, and study on campus.

Rylee Andresen is a senior human health science major from Oxford Junction, Iowa, who was a member of the volleyball team. She will graduate on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019.


1. What will you cherish most about your time at UD?

 “The thing I will cherish most is the sense of community. Not only have I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people, but also the relationships I have built and the support every member of the campus shows each other is something that I think is special about UD and that I will remember about my time here.”

2. On the volleyball court, you helped the Spartans to their second straight American Rivers Conference Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. What did you enjoy most about being on the team? 

“What I enjoyed the most about playing volleyball was the closeness of our team. We had great chemistry on and off the court and I think that played a big part in our success. My team is my second family, and I am grateful to have been able to create so many memories as a part of UDVB.”

3. You were recognized as a top student-athlete for your performance on the field and in the classroom when you were named First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District for District Eight in November. What advice do you have for student-athletes on how to balance athletics and academics?

“Learning how to prioritize my responsibilities and manage my time were important skills that I gained through my experience. As a student-athlete, you have a lot on your plate, but you have to keep in mind that school comes first. It is important to stay on top of your assignments and have open communication with your professors, especially if you have to leave early or miss class for an event.”

4. What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

“My favorite spot on campus would be Stoltz Sports Center. Participating in athletics, this was where I spent a good majority of my time and made some of my fondest memories. I know when I come to watch sporting events here in the future, I will be able to reminisce on the time I spent with my teammates and see the banners that we worked so hard to earn.”

5. What are your plans after graduation?

“I plan to attend grad school next fall to study occupational therapy with the goal of becoming a pediatric OT. Until then, I will be working at Unified Therapy Services - Pediatric Clinic in Dubuque as a rehab assistant.”