By Sayra Ilyas
The following article was featured in the December 2019 edition of The Campus.
Alex Barrera’s passion for soccer took off when she was only five years old. Her career jump-started when she began to play for multiple soccer teams and her family’s love for the sport helped fuel her passion.
As an alumnus of Archbishop Molly High School, Barrera’s competitive nature led her to participate in both the school’s soccer and lacrosse teams. After graduating high school, Barrera decided that she did not want to end her sports career just yet, so she joined the women’s soccer team her freshman year at The City College of New York (CCNY), determined to continue to competitively play her beloved sport at the collegiate level.
Currently, Barrera is in her junior year at CCNY pursuing a major in biology and a minor in psychology, while simultaneously finishing off the last of her prerequisites for medical
school. She has her heart set on a career in sports medicine, either as an orthopedic
physician or physical therapist. In addition to balancing the heavy course load required by her major, Barrera has also secured a coveted research position in association with Mount Sinai Hospital.
Barrera’s ability to manage her schoolwork, research, and part-time job, while continuing to excel as one of the top players on CCNY’s women’s soccer team, makes it easy to understand why her favorite soccer player is Sydney Leroux, a forward for the National
Women’s Soccer League. When asked to elaborate on why Leroux is her favorite player, Barrera said, “She is a fantastic player and is a great example of a woman that can balance being a professional soccer player and have two kids. She’s worked hard her whole life and continues to face obstacles on and off the field that she overcomes.”
After a brief hiatus from playing on the team during her sophomore year, Barrera
realized she missed the sport and being out on the field too much to stop playing altogether. Soccer was an outlet that allowed her to take a breather from the demanding college courses and extracurriculars to simply enjoy her time with her teammates.
This past season, Barrera returned to soccer as a junior, and the team made it all the way to the CUNY Championship Finals against John Jay. As one who does not stop working, she managed to squeeze in some practice with her surgical sutures on a porcine cadaver just hours before the big game. When asked how she manages to juggle all her responsibilities, she replied, “At times it can be challenging, but it’s all about time management and eating healthy and maintaining a nutritious lifestyle.”
As the season ends, Barrera has decided that this year might be her last on the CCNY women’s soccer team. Despite coming a long way in learning how to manage her school, work, and social life, she wants to make sure she has the time to work hard and get accepted into physical therapy or medical school. Though her collegiate level soccer career might have come to an end, her love for the sport is unending and she wishes the best for her teammates during next year’s season.