Soccer’s Jaylin Seto balances academics, athletics and internships

The life of a student-athlete is often hectic. Balancing academics by itself can be difficult for many college students, but when one adds sports and a job, that is a challenge not many can juggle. College students need to be determined and diligent to have a successful and rewarding outcome. At OLLU, Jaylin Seto (SR/Houston, Texas) is one of the most successful student-athletes the university has ever seen.

Seto is entering her senior year as a member of the women’s soccer program. The 5’6″ midfielder has tallied eight goals and 17 assists in her collegiate career. Seto also has three game-winning goals as a Saint. She helped lead the Saints to their first undefeated regular season as the assists leader during a challenging 2021 spring season that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She guided the Saints to its first-ever undefeated regular season. The team’s only loss was at the conference tournament, where they lost 1-0 to end the season. Prior to that, Seto was a member of the 2019 team that captured the regular season and tournament titles. She’s hoping this year will give them the opportunity to make it to nationals.

Seto is currently interning as a physical therapist at the University Health Pavillion near the University of Texas at San Antonio campus. She had to wait over a year to secure the internship due to COVID-19. Seto’s internship includes observing how physical therapists deal with patients and nursing injuries. She plans to stay in Texas and look for a job in physical therapy at a university following graduation. Seto is pursuing a degree in kinesiology.

While most athletes leave campus for the summer to be with family and friends, Seto stayed at OLLU to work with the campus recreation program. Her main duties are keeping the gym clean and working in the workout room while also taking part in her summer courses online. She also works at Walmart. Her typical day consists of completing homework from 7 a.m. to midnight or later, interning, training for the upcoming soccer season in August and working at Walmart.

Seto played with the San Antonio Athenians semi-pro team in the United Women’s Soccer League to start the summer. Although she gained valuable experience, she could not continue playing for the team due to time constraints.

Seto holds her OLLU teammates accountable and said, “I keep up with my teammates on social media and see that they are practicing. I also try and work out in the weight room a few times a week.” She trains with teammate Liliana Briseno (SR/San Antonio, Texas) on a weekly basis.

Academics are a top priority in Seto’s life. She has made the Dean’s List three times. She contributed to her team being ranked first among OLLU teams with a 3.57 overall GPA for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Seto prefers an in-person curriculum compared to online, which made learning during COVID-19 especially difficult. When the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) announced that fall sports would be moved to the spring of 2021, the women’s soccer players had already scheduled their classes for that term. Athletes specifically choose classes based on when their sport is in season, so balancing tougher courses with an unpredictable season presented challenges.

Seto excels away from the classroom as well. She is a two-time First-Team All-Conference winner and is the fifth-place record holder in assists. She also is a three-time All-Conference Scholar-Athlete. During her senior year at Gregory Portland High School in Portland, Texas, she was the team MVP and was awarded Second-Team All-State honors.

With only a year left at OLLU, Seto is determined to lead the Saints to another successful season. She looks forward to graduation and continuing her career in physical therapy.  “I am thankful for all my family and supporters, as well as God. Without them, I would not be able to do what I do,” Seto said.