Alumni Tale: Annie Parks ’04

What did you study at UNH?

Kinesiology-Sport Studies

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

Trying to figure out life! I explored a variety of different opportunities post-UNH. I worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Women’s Volleyball Team for a few months right after graduating, then modeled + worked a part-time sales job for a small boutique in Portsmouth.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

I had my daughter, Whitney in 2009…5 years post-graduation! I was doing what most Division 1 athletes do… balancing a lot!

I had a full-time career in medical sales as well as running a volleyball program in my spare time, giving back to the sport that gave so much to me.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

Starting my first brand + business! I created a boutique Sports Agency, sportforward.com in 2012.

What are you doing now?

I am the founder, owner, + operator of my Juice + Broth company, thebalancedbee.com! I started this company in 2014, while still running my Sports Agency and growing my now 8-year-old daughter, Whitney!

Did you have an international experience (study, research, internship or volunteer abroad) while at UNH?

I played on the UNH women’s Volleyball team. I was very grateful to compete overseas, traveling with my coaches, teammates, UNH marketing, and a lot of our parents.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

I still miss and talk so highly of UNH. If you know me today, you know about UNH. BLEED BLUE!!!!
My teammates + coaches really left a lasting impression on my entire life. I just had a conference call TODAY, where I was reflecting on my time at UNH and how everywhere I turned I could feel the push to become the best version of myself.

Why do you believe in UNH?

I believe in UNH because UNH believed in me. From the time I was recruited and brought on campus to visit, I could really feel the support system as an entire whole. My volleyball coaches + teammates really set the foundation for success; however, my teachers, marketing wizards, trainers, strength + conditioning coaches really embraced me and ensured I was prepared for life after UNH.