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27-year-old American Athlete, Gabby Thomas juggles playing with studying, earns 2 degrees at US universities

27-year-old American Athlete, Gabby Thomas earned two degrees at two universities in the United States while juggling her studies with running track.

Gabrielle ”Gabby” Thomas, an American track and field athlete obtained her bachelor’s degree in in Neurobiology and Global Health at Harvard University after which she proceeded to the University of Texas where she earned a master’s degree in Public Health.

Sharing her achievements when she graduated from Harvard, Gabby said she was shocked but at the same thankful to have graduated. She said initially had doubts but is thankful for the relationships, experiences, and opportunities she gained.

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She recalled how she moved after high school with no idea what Harvard would bring her. ”I will always have so much love for this place and an eternal gratitude for the people who made it home.  I’ll miss it so much, but I am extremely excited to see what’s next for me on my journey!” she said.


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Gabby earned both degrees while being active in her career, being a student-athlete, training for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, and also doing volunteer work at a medical clinic according to Olympic.com.

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“It’s kind of a balancing act, but that’s the way I like it. I like coming home from track and having something completely different to focus on. And when I’m doing my clinic work, I can’t wait to get back to the track,” she said.

She said after her intense Olympic training sessions, with her dedication to track and field and healthcare, she can be fulfilled in both areas, adding that she finds renewed energy at the clinic.



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”When I’m tired and wheezing from practice, I’m just like, ‘I’m so grateful to be doing what I love and to be able to do it for a living,” she said. Gabby said she studied for a master’s degree because of her passion for public health.

Gabby said to train while pursuing her master’s degree, she relocated to Austin, Texas. She attributes her resilience in her Olympic training to her mother’s inspiring journey of completing her Ph.D. while raising her family as a single parent.

“Watching her be a single parent without two pennies to scrub together and working her way up and to being what she is now, a successful professor living out her dreams and starting a non-profit to help people get an education,” she said.

Gabby stated that she plans to devote all her attention to her Olympic preparation after her master’s degree even though her mother wanted her to get her PhD next.


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