Devika Bellamy learned early on that volleyball is a game of near-constant motion.
She learned that lesson so well, in fact, that she applies the "constant motion" theory to nearly everything in her life as an IUPUI student-athlete, whether it's excelling in the classroom, inside "The Jungle" or in her numerous volunteer activities.
"I don't believe in doing anything halfway," laughs the Kelley School of Business senior-to-be. "I figure if you're going to get wet, you might as well dive into the deep end!"
The Evansville native doesn't do success halfway, either. In her junior year alone, she was named first-team All-Mid-Continent Conference for her volleyball prowess, and was one of IUPUI's "Top 100" academic achievers this past spring.
That would fill a day planner for most college students; for Bellamy, it was just a start. For good measure, she also co-taught a leadership course for fellow IUPUI students, and spent time mentoring an online community of international students.
Bellamy's drive on and off the court is genetic. Her father was recruited from Trinidad and Tobago to play soccer for the University of Evansville, stayed on and is now a professor there. Her mother is a self-employed therapist who met her father "while she was working as a lifeguard at the school pool."
Their commitment to education and achievement became her own.
"I always expected college to be hard work," she says, but choosing classes that fit her long-term goals "has made the work a lot more fun than I expected. It's hard, don't get me wrong - you have a lot of work to do, especially with athletics in the mix - but you learn so much about things you want to understand.