Next up… Let’s meet the 2nd KontrolFreek Collegiate eSports Scholarship recipient and only girl in this year’s bunch, Daphne Jin!

Daphne is originally from Needham, Mass. and currently attends the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). She is studying Physiological Science in hopes of working in the pharmaceutical industry after graduation – or the gaming industry! Daphne joined the UCLA League of Legends team because of her passion for gaming, even though she’d never heard of collegiate eSports before attending UCLA.

“I’ve always really liked League and I’ve always worked hard at improving at it, but I didn’t really have aspirations to go professional or anything,” said Daphne. “When I came to college, I didn’t even know collegiate [eSports] existed. I’ve always loved ranked 5s though, so competitive was really fun for me.”

Daphne Jin

As well as being the only female member of the UCLA LoL team last year, Daphne loves to ice skate and play ice hockey.

When Daphne isn’t playing League of Legends, Overwatch and other games, she is an active member in the ULCA Care Extenders. While she has many friends outside of the gaming community, she says the people involved are one of her favorite parts about gaming.

“Growing up, I was surrounded by friends who didn’t play video games,” she said. “While I did get along with other people, I definitely feel most comfortable and most at home when I’m with other gamers.”

Although she is interested in pursuing a career in medicine and health, Daphne thinks it would be really cool to work for a gaming company like Riot or Blizzard. (Or maybe even KontrolFreek one day…?)

Again, congratulations Daphne and all our scholarship recipients! We look forward to seeing what the future has in store for you all. Keep up the hard work!

Interested in keeping up with Daphne and her team? Take a look at their Facebook page and her Twitch channel! And stay tuned for the next installment of our KontrolFreek Scholarship Recipients blog, where we’ll meet the 3rd and final 2017 KontrolFreek Scholarship recipient, Eddy Su.