As part of Johnson & Wales' celebration of DIII Week, a different JWU student-athlete will be featured each day for their 'DIII Week Spotlight.'
Name: Teagan Gutka
Hometown / High School: North Pole, Alaska / Ben Eilson Senior HS
Major: Culinary Arts
Sport(s): Volleyball, Track & Field
What is it like being a Division III student-athlete? Being a DIII athlete is really fun because we all love playing. Nobody's here on scholarship, so we're all here for the same reason, and so that makes it really fun.
What is your background in volleyball? I started playing when I was in sixth grade. I was cut from the team my seventh grade year, and came back my eighth grade year and have played ever since.
What's the best part about being a Wildcat? The best part about being a Wildcat is how involved everybody is. For me, I'm the vice president of SAAC and also on the track team and the volleyball team. I know so many other student-athletes do the same type of things.
Why did you choose Johnson & Wales? I chose Johnson & Wales for the culinary program – it's one of the best in the country – and I know it will set me up for success in the future.
What are you studying and how does that relate to your post-JWU career plans? I'm studying culinary arts, and when I get out of school I want to work in the industry a little bit. Eventually I want to own my own restaurant.