St. Leo star Arielle Kabangu ready to return home

After a storied career, the forward will head for Ottawa upon graduating

St. Leo soccer star Arielle Kabangu wrapped up her career in November 2016. Upon graduating in the spring , she intends to return home to Ottawa. Mike Alessandrini/Toronto Observer. 

ST. LEO, FLA. – As Geoffrey Chaucer once wrote more than 600 years ago, all good things must come to an end.

Ottawa native Arielle Kabangu understands this.

Her illustrious four-year career at St. Leo University came to an end last November, and now it’s time to turn the page to the next phase of her life.

“I’m going to graduate with my degree in Business Management so I’m going to try to continue my studies back home in Ottawa,” Kabangu said, at the St. Leo campus on Wednesday. “I want to go home and do my masters at Carlton.” 

The senior will collect her degree in the spring, and is already applying her knowledge on campus.

“I’m actually doing my internship right now in the athletics office as a Business Manager, which is very good because it’s in both my fields,” she said. “Now I get to see what goes on behind the scenes and how the athletic department helps our sports teams.”

After Kabangu wraps up her internship and classes, the St. Leo legend will be excited to return home to see her family. Especially her supportive father.

“I think he would have wanted me a bit closer to home – who wouldn’t, right?” Kabangu said. “But ever since I made the decision to come here he never had anything bad to say. He was always very supportive.”

Since arriving on campus as a freshman in 2013, a lot has changed for the proud Canadian. Kabangu was able to grow both as an athlete and a person during her time at the university.

There are countless memories and accolades the superstar will not soon forget. Included are school records in goals (65), points (151) and multi-goal games (18).

But now, she’s looking forward to what the future holds.

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Posted: Mar 8 2017 11:17 pm
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