STILLWATER — Many people use a day planner to organize their schedule.
But few map out every hour of every day like Krista Lopez.
“People think I'm joking,” Lopez said. “But I will literally put ‘12-1 p.m.: lunch' and then everything else. I won't skip an hour.”
That meticulous organization has helped Lopez, a senior forward on the Oklahoma State women's soccer team, masterfully navigate the life of student-athlete. And she was honored for her achievements on and off the field Monday night by receiving three special recognition awards at the OSU academic awards banquet, including the Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
“Working hard and staying up late, all those hours in the library, it finally paid off,” Lopez said. “It just feels satisfying.”
Lopez was also the soccer recipient of the Senior Director's Chair Award and one of two winners of the OSU Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award.
Lopez, who is double-majoring in business management and accounting, said she would not even be in college without a soccer scholarship because of her family's financial situation. And soon after she arrived at OSU, she learned that writing down every daily task would help her manage her time.
Since then, Lopez has developed into a poster child for an all-around student-athlete.
She was a critical piece of OSU's back-to-back Elite Eight appearances the past two seasons, leading the Cowgirls in goals (15) and points (35) in 2010 and ranking second in both of those categories (eight goals, 24 points) in 2011.
And she became equally competitive in the classroom. She would look up the grade distributions for tests online and would get angry at herself if she wasn't near the top of the class. She didn't receive a “B” until this past fall in one of her final accounting classes.
“My dad has always told me, ‘You're going to college for an education, not to play soccer. Soccer is getting you your education, so put your effort into it, but concentrate on academics,'” Lopez said. “Since he ingrained that into my head, I've just been concentrating on academics, as well as soccer.
“But academics is definitely my top priority.”