KUWomenofDistinction

Maggie Hull-Tietz (Middle)

Maggie Hull-Tietz (Middle)

Honors, achievements, and special recognition:

  • Big 12 Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • Gerald Lang, Big 12 Academic Award
  • Three-time All Big 12 Academic First Team Selection
  • Three-time All Big 12 Selection
  • Dr. Bob Fredrick Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • Marlene Mawson Exemplary Student-Athlete Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Society
  • Kappa Alpha Tau Journalism Honor Society
  • B.A. in Spanish with Distinction
  • Kansas Softball records holder for career RBIs, career batting average, and single-season batting average

How I became interested in my area of study:

I have always loved writing and from a young age dreamed of being a journalist and attending the KU School of Journalism. With two older siblings attending Kansas and studying abroad, I knew coming into college that was something I also wanted to do. I enjoyed learning Spanish so I decided to double major and had the opportunity to study in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I loved the challenge that learning a language offered in school and it was so great to see my years of hard work pay off when I was able to speak fluently while abroad.

An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me and why:

Earning First Team Academic All-American this year is very meaningful to me because I was one of three outfielders in all of Division 1 softball selected. This embodied not only my hard work and achievement on the softball field, but also in the classroom.

Someone who has been a role model for me and why:

My Kansas Softball coach, Megan Smith, has been an incredible role model for me through my college experience. She exemplifies a Woman of Distinction because of the attitude that she brings to work every single day. Her goal is to work harder than any coach in the nation and to challenge her players to be the best that they can be, on and off the field. Even after losing her husband to kidney cancer in 2011 and becoming a single-mom, she has remained strong and is one of the most positive women that I know.

My favorite KU memory:

There are so many incredible KU memories, it is hard to choose just one. At the top of the list is walking down the Campanile Hill for graduation with my closest friends and classmates. This great tradition is a memory I will never forget!

When times get tough, something that helps me get through it:

I am constantly in self-reflection, spending time journaling, reading the Bible, and talking to friends and mentors. I am always reminded to see the bigger picture when times get tough and trust that everything happens for a reason.

An important life lesson I have learned:

I am a huge perfectionist when it comes to school, softball, and most things that I do. While this quality has pushed me to be the best I can be, I have also learned the hard way that no one is perfect. When I fail, I am reminded that I do not have the capacity to be perfect because I am only human, and I learned to stop putting so much pressure on myself. I have learned to persevere through challenges and never stop dreaming big dreams.

If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know….

Your college experience is exactly what you make of it. Don’t settle for being average, but instead, push yourself to be the best at whatever you do. You may not graduate at the top of your class but at the end you will be able to look back with a sense of achievement knowing that you “left it all on the field.”

A favorite quote or saying and why it is meaningful to me:

“Stay present and stay positive,”
– Coach Megan Smith

This saying is meaningful to me because it applies both on and off the softball field. Staying present is not regretting the past and not worrying about the future. In every situation, we must decide to focus on the positives instead of the negatives. It’s meaningful to me not only because it comes from a role model, but also because I have applied it to many situations and am constantly challenged by trying to stay present and positive in every circumstance.