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Paulk does difficult balance act with ease

Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 17:01

Junior Cody Paulk has managed to shine both on and off the court.

Junior Cody Paulk has managed to shine both on and off the court.

        Being a student-athlete at Georgia State can definitely a challenging task, but that does not appear to be true for Cody Paulk from the women's basketball team, who seems to have a special ability to succeed both academically and athletically.

       The CAA Scholar-Athlete award she received for the 2010-11 serves as an acknowledgment of her sacrifice in the court and the classroom.

Although Paulk, out of mere modesty, claims to be a "procrastinator," she adjusts very well to a very demanding schedule.

 "I try to get [school work] over with as soon as I can and I try to balance time between school and basketball," the junior center said.

        Paulk has to deal with challenging courses such as Physics 2212K and Chemistry 3410, where she spends six laboratory hours a week learning about electricity, magnetism, chemical properties of the common classes of carbon compounds and other complicated subjects.

       In addition to her school schedule, she has to make time for basketball, which consumes about twenty hours of her week.However, Paulk still manages to maintain a 3.68 GPA.

"The only free time I get is on the weekends, but that's only when we're not on the road," said Paulk. "It all comes down to learning to manage time."

      All of these obstacles do not impede Paulk from being a player who will eventually go down in Georgia State hoops' history. She is the sixth player in Georgia State women basketball's history to reach the one hundred-blocks mark, and still has one year and a half left to shoot for the all-time record, currently held by Rhian Jones.

      It is no coincidence that the 6-foot-3 center chose basketball as her favorite sport. Paulk comes from a basketball family, where her father played for Georgia Southwestern.

"My father is the person who taught me how to play the game," said Paulk.

     Aside from backyard basketball, the Paulk family taught their daughter to value education. This is why Cody works hard to be a pharmacist in the future, although she had other plans when she was younger.

"When I was little I wanted to be an ob-gyn (obstetrics and gynecology) doctor because I used to watch ‘The Cosby Show,'" Paulk said, "but when I learned what they really did, I didn't want to be a surgeon."

     After growing apart from her dream of being an ob-gyn doctor, she discovered her true passion.

"My mother's friend who is a pharmacist talked to me about her job and got me interested," Paulk said.

      For now, Cody Paulk takes on the challenge of maintaining her high GPA. She's eager for her future and does not plan on stopping with her impressive academic performance.

Her tight schedule seems to not slow down her pace. With a laugh, she said that she wants to "graduate as soon as possible."

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