Thank You from the Class of 2018


A special message from Karlee Spirit on behalf of student-athletes of the Class of 2018…

As I reflect on my four years as a student-athlete at Wake Forest University, I cannot help but think back to my 18-year-old self and the day I signed my letter of intent. At that point, I could tell Wake Forest was special, but what I didn’t yet realize was how truly impactful my experience here would be.

Over the course of my Wake Forest career, each year brought something different—new friends, new experiences, new perspectives, new adventures and new challenges. As I look back on my four years, one thing is undoubtedly true … Wake Forest has become more than just a school to me; it has become a place I am fortunate enough to call home, with people I am fortunate enough to call family. Choosing to be part of the Wake Forest community is definitely the single best decision I have made.

While I entered college with certain hopes and anticipations, Wake Forest far exceeded my expectations. Not only do the Athletic Department and University offer resources that are second to none, Wake Forest has provided me with the privilege to grow as a field hockey player, student, woman and member of the community.

As my time on campus comes to an end and I prepare to walk across the stage at graduation, I’m overcome with a feeling of gratefulness. I would like to thank each of you, as Deacon Club members, for providing the opportunities and resources that have allowed me to grow academically, athletically and socially over the last four years. Through your support, you have helped prepare me for a successful future.

If it weren’t for you, I would not have the opportunity to earn a degree from such a prestigious university and continue on to work with FOX Sports South in Atlanta as part of the ACC Futures Internship Program.

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for allowing me to pursue my career, better my education and have an incredible college experience at such a special place. Your continued support has never gone unnoticed and means the world to me. I am forever appreciative for all that you’ve done, and all that you continue to do to support Wake Forest student-athletes.

The past four years have been the best of my life and my experiences at Wake have shaped me into the person I am today. As I get ready to embark on the next phase of my journey, I’m filled with excitement, knowledge, grit and fearlessness. I’m so proud to consider myself a Demon Deacon and will forever cherish my memories competing in the Old Gold and Black.

Go Deacs!

Karlee Spirit (’18)
Field Hockey Student-Athlete, Communication Major