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Alumni Spotlight: Anyssa Barbosa

Panhandle State Communications on 06/29/2020

Anyssa Barbosa, originally from Uvalde, Texas, spreads her enthusiasm for Oklahoma Panhandle State University everywhere. She started her college career here when she was recruited to play softball by Rachel Burleson and Meghan Mulcahy. Barbosa graduated in 2017 with a degree in history.

After leaving Panhandle State, Anyssa started pursuing her law degree at Texas Tech. She was given the opportunity of a lifetime in the form of an internship with NCAA at their national office in Indiana. Barbosa was not shy to share her Aggie spirit during her internship and used her time as an OPSU athlete to fuel her experience.

Since finishing her internship, she has returned to Lubbock to complete her final year of law school and Master’s in Sports Management at Texas Tech. Barbosa commented, “I will serve as the Sport and Entertainment Law Society president while working in compliance for Texas Tech Athletics. After law school, I plan on sitting for the bar exam and becoming a practicing attorney.”

Anyssa is the oldest of four, and her little brother plays football for OPSU, which gives her extra reason to visit each year for Homecoming. She stated, “My favorite thing about Panhandle State is the welcoming and familial environment. When you decide to be a part of Panhandle, you gain so much more than an affordable education; you gain a support system that carries through the rest of your life.”

She continues to recognize her time at Panhandle State through her journey. Anyssa reminisced on her time at OPSU and said, “In my four years at OPSU, I made so many memories that it’s hard to pick just one. Whether it was playing softball with my teammates who became my best friends or becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution through the efforts of the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, the memories I made at OPSU are always with me.”