NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (June 19, 2020) – We continue our look at successful Wildcat alumni with the third post of our "Built by JWU" series.
Our next profile is Robyn Swaby (B.S. Accounting '09) - former women's basketball forward.
Swaby, a member of the women's basketball's first team, led her team in scoring averaging 13 points-per-game and ranked within the division shooting 39 percent from the three-point line and 85 percent shooting free throws. During her career at JWU, she was a three-year starter and two-year captain and finished her career in 2009 as the school's all-time leading scorer. Swaby was an NAIA Scholar-Athlete and throughout all four years of attending JWU, she remained on the Dean's List and was inducted into the Golden Quill Honor Society.
After graduating, Swaby played internationally with the Bahamian National Team and Miami Rain, a semi-professional team. She also served as an assistant coach at JWU on Kymberly Hope's staff from 2011-2015.
Currently, Swaby resides in Miami Gardens, Florida, serving as a Human Resources Financial Analyst at Florida Memorial University. Swaby earned her Master's in business administration and a certificate in forensic accounting from St. Thomas University in 2011. She is the co-founder and chief executive officer for She Hoops Elite (a Pro-Am organization dedicated to providing a platform for experienced female basketball players 20+. They are committed is to creating opportunities for women to compete and network with their peers in a safe environment).
Built By JWU Profile: Robyn Swaby
Graduation Year: 2009
Degree(s) Earned/Major: Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Sport Played at JWU: Women's Basketball
Current Career/Occupation: HR Financial Analyst
Company: Florida Memorial University
I chose JWU because: I chose JWU because of the proximity to my home in the Bahamas. Also, I loved the family-like environment of the university and the small classes which allowed you to make valuable connections with your professors. I loved the professionalism of the staff/faculty and how they ensured that you were fully prepared upon graduation to be successful in your field. I was also recruited to play basketball and was a part of the first freshman class that moved into Tropical Point in 2005.
Favorite Team Memory: Every road trip we would stop at the gas station to have a dance battle. The majority of our trips were anywhere between 4-12 hours so we used every opportunity at a rest stop to dance and have fun. The best memory of all is being a part of the first women's basketball team in JWU North Miami history in 2005. I have an awesome memory of scoring the first two points in our very first scrimmage. Being a pioneer for the program will always be one of my best memories w/JWU women's basketball.
How did JWU prepare you for your career? Upon graduation, I was fully prepared for my first job. I had my first resume drafted, practiced mock interviews in my Capstone classes, knew how to dress professionally, and even learned professional etiquette. I learned so much in the classroom but I also learned so much from my peers by attending such a culturally diverse school. After my four years, I had so much exposure to so many different cultures that it helped me to adapt to a diverse workplace. I was fully prepared to take on my career.
Most valuable lesson learned at JWU? The most valuable lesson I learned was my ability to network. The networking I did (that I did not even know was networking at the time) has assisted me greatly in my career since graduation and even up until today. I made so many great relationships with great people who have positively influenced my life and I have impacted their lives as well. I will always keep my JWU connections close to me as I've learned the importance of having a strong network and a strong support system.
How did JWU athletics influence your career? JWU Women's Basketball is my family who helped me make it through my four years of college. We were strong together, we were weak together, we had fun together, and we cried together. My team taught me the importance of never giving up and staying strong even when it's hard. My mental toughness came from preserving with the ladies on that team and working together to build something that had never been done before. This experience helped me to overcome adversity in my career and never give up!
Advice for current JWU student-athletes? You must get your work done in the classroom as a priority! Always have your teammate's backs and don't forget to engage with other students that are not on your team. Work extremely hard (rest when you need to) and never take the experience for granted. The four years end very quickly and those are years you can never experience again so give it your all and make friendships that will last forever!
As JWU Athletics enters its 23rd year, we will take a look at several successful Wildcat alumni through a series of Built By JWU profiles. Each month, we will focus on former Wildcats who, during their time here, modeled and nurtured sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, discipline, and dedication, and have utilized those traits towards a successful career.
Previous Profiles (Complete Series)
Shadel Hamilton (Men's Basketball 1998-2001) – (June 5, 2020)
Tara Barrett (Women's Soccer 2010-12) – (May 5, 2020)
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138).
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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