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Irie Gourde, The All-American Walk-On: Part 3, Record-Setting Grad Year

Irie Gourde, The All-American Walk-On: Part 3, Record-Setting Grad Year

Irie Gourde enjoyed an incredible first, and seemingly last, season on the Brandeis University track and field team in his senior season and was preparing for his post-college career.

RETURNING TO BRANDEIS

“Then my coaches recommended I enter the fifth-year program, but I was doubting whether I could get in,” he stated. “People encouraged me to pursue it and make the most of it. My mother was my biggest supporter and that was important because I would have to rely on her to do another year. She endorsed this possibility wholeheartedly.”

He looked at a lot of available programs on campus, landing on Sustainable International Development. “It was the one specifically geared to what I wanted to do. I was pining over every word of the cover letter and application,” Gourde recalled. “It was the longest two weeks I can remember. I took so long.”

Gourde also applied for a two-year stint with the Peace Corps and they offered him a position earlier than he expected. “I knew I wanted to take a day or two to think about it, and in that time, I received my grad school acceptance!” he exclaimed. “It was very exciting. I would get the chance to further test my potential in track, while being perfectly aligned with my career goals.”

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Irie Gourde, The All-American Walk-On: Part 3, Record-Setting Grad Year