Kristin Diemer balances academics, athletics and SGA position

Kristin Diemer, junior finance majorWilliam Mandile | The Queens Chronicle

Kristin Diemer, junior finance major

Junior Kristin Diemer, the newly elected executive president of Student Government Association, has always liked to keep busy. Whether she’s swimming, keeping up with her academic schedule or serving in campus organizations, she feels best when she is doing something.

Diemer is currently the executive vice president of SGA, a member of the women’s swimming team, a resident assistant in South Residence Hall and the first ever Elite 89 winner from Queens.

Diemer is excited to serve as SGA president. She said she feels it is the next step in her process of leaving her mark on Queens. She wants to learn a lot and grow as a person, but she also wants to help give the student body a voice.

She said she is not worried about balancing this new responsibility with her other activities because of the great structure that current president Joseph Vaughn, junior, has put in place to keep things running smoothly.

“We’re set up for a great year next year,” she said.

SGA is not the only campus organization Diemer is involved in. She is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, which she said meets monthly to discuss retention rates in the McColl School. Diemer is also a founding member of the business club on campus.

She has not always been interested in business. In high school, she was very involved with political science, but she met business professor Dr. Steven Cox who convinced her to try a case study competition that she qualified for. She placed second in the competition, which won her a partial academic scholarship to the McColl School of Business.

She hopes to work in financial consulting after graduation. Diemer is minoring in psychology, which she hopes will be a “big asset in the business world with a little different perspective.”

Diemer’s strong focus on academics also won her a prestigious NCAA award, the Elite 89 award. This award is given to 89 athletes, one from each collegiate sport. Diemer won the award for having the highest GPA of any woman swimmer in the NCAA. She is the first Queens student to win this award.

Diemer with Coach Jeff Dugdale after she won the Elite 89 award.William Mandile | The Queens Chronicle

Diemer with Coach Jeff Dugdale after she won the Elite 89 award.


Diemer attributes part of her success in the classroom to the dedication of her coaches to making sure she and her teammates are focusing on academics.

Diemer’s athletic career at Queens is as impressive as her academic career. The Queens women’s swimming team recently competed in the NCAA championships, finishing third in the nation. Diemer said they are ready to learn from what they did wrong and keep doing what they did right so they can go back and fight for first place.

Diemer has been swimming since she was 7 and has been a year-round competitive swimmer since she was 9. She is 21 now.

“That’s a long time,” she said, laughing.

For her, swimming is a way to relax and not have to think about anything else.

Diemer diving into the pool.William Mandile | The Queens Chronicle

Diemer diving into the pool.

Diemer tries to find time on theweekends to relax for herself and take a break from her packed schedule. She said she tries to do low-key things since the rest of her week is so busy. Diemer said she likes to watch Netflix, go shopping or cook and bake.

“I love the opportunity to make a family recipe for dinner if I get the chance,” she said.

Diemer is also an RA this year. This is her second year in the position, but she will not be continuing with it next year. She said she finds that making time to be an RA on top of everything else she does is just natural.

“If you’ve built a community from day one, it just becomes everyday life,” she said.

She made the decision not to continue next year because she wants to try new things and have a chance to really experience her senior year, which she looks forward to with anticipation.

“I can’t wait,” she said. “But I’m also sad it will be over so soon.”

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