Agraz Aces Academic Accomplishments

Sept. 19, 2012

By Kelly Mason

FRESNO, Calif. --- Ever wonder what academic perfection looks like? Well we don't have to look too far to find Cecilia Agraz, a senior volleyball student-athlete, who has received a cumulative 4.0 throughout her career at Fresno State. As a member of the Smittcamp Family Honors program, she has been challenged with every honors class on her schedule striving for the top every time.

Agraz comes from a family of hard workers, and has never known different. She came into Fresno State in the fall of 2009 and has excelled on the volleyball court and in the classroom since. Growing up, she never received a lower than a 4.0 GPA and contributes that to her discipline.

"I think it takes discipline and drive to get good grades," said Agraz. "You have to do more than want good grades, but take the steps necessary to reach them. It is hard work, but totally worth it!"

This senior Bulldog has made Fresno State volleyball history in her three years directly from her hard work. She was named the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District VIII honoree (second team) in 2010 and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII (first team) in 2011.

Continuing to strive higher, Agraz was the first player in program history to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American (second team) in 2011. She is a person with great motivation in the classroom, on the court and all aspects of life and attributes that to her success.

"What motivates me are my expectations of myself," said Agraz. "I expect nothing short of my best in the classroom. I strive to take this motivation onto the court as well."

As a Communications and Theater Arts major, Agraz realizes the effects of good communication and has proven it very beneficial when managing time between school, volleyball and the Smittcamp Family Honors program.

"I stay in constant contact with my professors," said Agraz. "If I am confused about anything in class, I go to their office for help. I make it known that I care about my grade and learning in class. Also, my planner is my close friend!"

Agraz is a three-time Academic All-WAC selection ('09, '10, '11) and a five-time President's and Dean's List (perfect 4.0) honoree. These amazing academic feats have all come throughout her volleyball career which hasn't been minimal. She's competed in the 57 straight matches for Fresno State volleyball combining for a career total of 71 matches. Agraz led the team in 2011 with 33 aces (0.31 aces/set) and recorded 120 kills and 194 digs on the season. She also lead the team with 21 aces (0.21 aces/set) in 2010.

Along with being a member of the Fresno State volleyball team, Agraz has immensely enjoyed her experience as a Smittcamp Family Honors student.

"I feel honored to be in the Smittcamp program," said Agraz. "Having the opportunity to learn alongside my peers pushes me to work even more. I feel blessed to be in a program where academics, community service, and school pride reign."

Agraz is fully encompassing her college experience of being a student-athlete putting her best foot forward in every aspect of her collegiate career. It's hard for her to believe she is already in her fourth and final season of volleyball at Fresno State and still carries the same intensity she entered with.

"I cannot believe how fast these years went by!" exclaimed Agraz. "I want to enjoy my last season to the fullest and become the best I can be while I am here."

This Bulldog volleyball player takes pride in all that she does, carrying the same mentality and motivation for everything. She is a role model for younger girls and shares advice for younger generations learning how to time manage.

"Know how much you can handle and do not add too many things to your plate at once," said Agraz. "If you feel overwhelmed with how many things you have to do, set goals for yourself on what you want to accomplish on a certain day. If you can, get things done early rather than later. Procrastination will just make you more stressed!"

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