Profiles in Passion – Mikayla Attwood ‘20
For Mikayla Attwood, the choice to attend Marywood was a happy accident. While searching for colleges and being sought by recruiters, Mikayla’s mom suggested that she look at Marywood through a search on a recruiting site. Mikayla had eight other schools that were on her radar, but agreed to one last visit to see what Marywood had to offer.
“I came to visit Marywood in February, as I was on my way to Vermont to look at another college. Immediately, I knew Marywood was the right fit—it felt homey, and I fell in love with that aspect of the University. The welcoming community, volleyball team, coaches, and professors only confirmed that I was at the right place,” Mikayla said.
Mikayla was born in Maryland, but moved to Antigua when she was one-month old. She has dual citizenship in Antigua and the United States. Her father, Dave Attwood, is Antiguan, and her mom, Nancy Knapman lives in Curacao, where Mikayla attended high school at the International School of Curacao.
Mikayla’s passion is volleyball. From as far back as she can remember, she has been playing and perfecting her game. “My best friend, Silka Dyett, and I would play indoor and beach volleyball, along with all other sports. Silka was always named MVP, and I was proud of her for that, but, last year, when I received the MVP award at the Athletics Award Ceremony, I was so proud of receiving the award at the collegiate level,” she said.
Along with receiving the MVP award in 2018, Mikayla was awarded the Sister John Award for Acceptance and Inclusion at the Student Leadership ceremony during the 2018 spring semester. Nominated by her classmate and roommate, Chloe Wiggins, Mikayla was honored to receive the award and cites it as one of the highlights of her time at Marywood.
“While I’m not really involved with a lot of diversity clubs on campus—for me, it’s personal—I live by the motto that everyone is equal and I have a ‘no judgement policy,’” Mikayla said.
Pursuing a degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Nutrition, she is a member of the Athletic Training Club and tries to be as involved as she can. Following graduation, Mikayla is looking forward to educating those in the Caribbean about athletic training.
“I didn’t quite know myself what athletic training was until I got here. I’m staying in touch with athletic trainers in the Caribbean, and Professor Shelby W. Yeager, M.Ed., LAT, ATC, NASM-PES, CES, FMSC, offered to help me with this initiative. I’m also confident that Marywood athletic training students would also get involved. It’s a long-term life goal for me,” she said.
For Mikayla, her priority is volleyball and athletic training. She is currently looking for clinic experience during the spring semester. Anticipating the official start of volleyball season with the first conference play, Mikayla knows that facing some of Marywood’s top competitors in the first few games is something that she and her teammates can handle, as each member of Marywood’s Volleyball Team is a tough competitor.