Olson Leaps from Track Star to Campus Leader

Olivia Olson makes the most of her time at Bemidji State University by getting involved with the campus community.

After working as a resident assistant for the Department of Housing and Residential Life as a sophomore, she was promoted to assistant resident hall director of Birch Hall where she promotes a positive environment for Oak residents and supervises the building’s resident assistants.

“The residence halls have a unique community that you can’t find off campus,” Olson said. “It’s been a wonderful experience witnessing friendships blossoming and being in an environment where we support each other.”

Olson’s family legacy in track and field at the university inspired her to attend BSU. She was inspired by her mother, Amber Olson, who attended BSU in the ’90s and competed for the women’s track and field team. Olivia’s love for track began in 7th grade when she started participating competitively. She gradually developed an interest in pole vaulting and found her niche in the sport.

“I found my passion for the sport at a young age,” Olson said. “Having my mother’s support and coaching helped me excel and reach my goals.”

As a student-athlete at BSU, Olson is dedicated to both her sport and her academics. As a prominent member of the team, Olivia continuously sets personal records and has had multiple first- and second-place finishes. She also excels educationally, making the Spring and Winter NSIC All-Academic Teams of Excellence and the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team her sophomore year. The environment at BSU has provided Olivia with support where she can learn and grow.

“I value the tight-knit community within the BSU women’s track team,” Olson said. “We actively support and encourage each other, despite it being an individual sport.”

Pursuing a double major in mass communication and marketing communication, alongside her other commitments, time management is crucial for Olson.

“I’ve worked to build a routine throughout my week,” Olson said. “Having different commitments has taught me to be flexible and has helped me make the most of my time here.”

Olson’s journey as a student-athlete at Bemidji State University is a testament to her diligence and leadership. Through her involvement in various activities, she exemplifies the qualities of a successful student who excels both academically and personally.