When the lights turn on inside Gill Arena, Stephanie McGregor is ready to go. The 5-foot-1-inch gymnast is a ball of energy on the bars and explosive on the vault.
Her incredible effort shines through in the classroom as well.
The graduating senior earned a degree in bioengineering while participating in the Honors College, and finished her academic career at Oregon State with a 3.97 GPA, earning her the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year award.
Her professor and mentor Skip Rochefort emphasized what an incredible accomplishment McGregor has achieved.
“We don’t get very many athletes in our CBEE program,” he said. “To be the top student in one of the most challenging undergraduate majors and be a major contributor to a national class gymnastics team at OSU is truly an amazing accomplishment.”
McGregor also ended her gymnastics career winning the Pac-12 gymnastics championship, which she counts as one her favorite college memories.
“To be able to do that in Gill in front of our home crowd with friends and family in the stands,” she said, “it just doesn’t get better than that.”
McGregor said she’s learned that friends and family are what matter most.
“If I’m looking back on my experience, I think what I will remember most is the relationships,” she said. “My coaches, my teammates, my friends, and knowing that in the future I could call up any of those people if I needed help or just wanted to talk–I think that’s what I’m going to carry with me the most.”
McGregor is currently on the job hunt. As a native of Calgary, Alberta, she could work in Canada, but she’s also considering the Portland area.
“I really like it here in Oregon,” she said.
McGregor has also considered medical school in the past. She said applying is a big “if.” Should she choose to apply, her chances are good. About 75-80 percent of Oregon State students who apply to medical schools around the country are admitted.
No matter where she ends up, McGregor said she feels ready to face real-world challenges thanks to her success at Oregon State.
“Time management has always been key,” she said. “It also helps that I’m passionate about what I do. I love the sport of gymnastics, and I love my engineering classes.”
McGregor also said she attributes much of her success to the campus community.
“It’s not just me. There’s a huge network throughout campus both on the academic side and the athletic side.” She said. “I’m able to be successful because of all the people behind me.”