Posted: Oct 09, 2015
It seems like she just arrived on campus, but what an impact this young lady has made. And on Saturday October 10, Paige "Nook" Roberson will make her final home appearance as a MACU Mustang.
A native of nearby Plymouth, Roberson will complete her bachelor's in counseling and psychology in just three years, thanks to her strong work ethic. "I took as many summer classes as I could so I could save money," says the senior. But she won't be done with her education once she walks the stage next spring. "From here, I will enroll at Martin Community College to get my one-year diploma in equine technology, then go to grad school for my PhD in occupational therapy. This is a change from my original plan. When I first arrived at MACU, I wanted to go into criminology, but now I want to use my love of horses to help disabled kids. Horses can be so beneficial mentally and physically."
Nook was an all-around athlete at Creswell High School, lettering in volleyball as well as basketball and softball. She says making the transition from high school to MACU came easy: "I loved the campus right away. I was used to small campuses and schools. And with MACU's counseling program, it was the right choice for me." Playing volleyball was the right choice, too. Roberson and others found themselves as trailblazers. "The program was just restarting after several (dormant) years, so it was a roller coaster ride with Sarah Bowles and Ashley Brown. But we had a lot of fun."
More than wins and losses, Nook say it's other memories that will last. She remembers "the bus rides where we were all singing and dancing. Even Coach Pipkin was singing and dancing! It was a chance for us to bond and learn about each other. I'll miss that, and I'll miss my friends and professors. They helped me to grow as a Christian leader. I'll miss being able to talk to them and see them every day."
And Nook's production on the court will be missed as well. For her MACU career as an outside hitter, she is currently at 332 kills (2.1 per set), 426 digs (2.7 per set), and 467.5 points (3 per set). She led the team with most kills/blocks and most digs in both of her first two seasons, and tied in 2013-14 for most service aces. She was also feted with the Mustang Pride award her freshman year.
But what about that nickname? "I've had that since before I was born! My aunt didn't know if I would be a boy or a girl, so she called my 'Snook Snook,' and it just stuck!"
Nook is someone whose memory will stick with MACU students, staff and faculty for a long time, too. Come out and support Nook and the Lady Mustangs for Senior Day this Saturday, as Ms. Roberson will be honored for her three years of service…and service aces.