Amanda Ling

Class of 2021

What does the program mean to you?

This program has changed me for the better. My time as an MSU diver has helped me to grow as a person and improve my diving more than I ever thought possible in three years. I would not be who I am today without MSU Swim and Dive, and it is so heartbreaking that future generations of swimmers and divers will not get to experience this program that I love so much and has had such a positive impact on my life.

Why did you choose MSU?

I chose MSU for many reasons. I knew I would be majoring in secondary education and it offered one of the best education programs in the country. I also was in contact with diving coach Eric Best throughout my entire high school diving career and I knew that he was a great coach and that we would work well together. I also loved that I would be able to focus on springboard diving (1m and 3m). Finally, my sister was on the MSU gymnastics team, and I could not pass up the opportunity to compete at the same Big Ten school with my sister. I knew from taking to her that being an MSU athlete was an amazing experience.

Biggest life-lesson you are learning/learned from MSU?

I can overcome adversity and push myself to achieve things that I only dreamed were possible if I work hard enough. I have also learned how important it is to surround yourself with people who lift you up and will support you in who you are.