HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- It was not supposed to end this way for Southern Miss women's golf senior Cassidy Evreniadis.
But with her career on the course closing early due to the coronavirus pandemic, an exciting one for law school has opened.
The Adelaide, South Australia, native left Friday morning to return to the Land Down Under and start on what should be a fulfilling rest-of-her-life.
"My original plan was to go to spring break and slide out next Wednesday," Evreniadis said Thursday after her the team's final four tournaments were canceled, including the Spring Break Shootout (Dade City, Fla.), for this past Monday and Tuesday. "Plans got canceled and things got moved around, so then I moved my flight to Friday. I'm currently cleaning up my room."
And it is a good thing she did.
"My parents are quite worried that I won't be able to come home later. It's a good thing I booked my flight earlier, because come March 25, I won't be able to get back into the country."
Evreniadis will begin her University of Adelaide journey in July. But law was not always her original intention.
"I left high school thinking I was going pre-med, then my first year of college was in engineering," she said. "I changed to my law degree my junior year and will be studying corporate law, which includes business transactions. I'll be attending my local university, which awards a law degree without being at actual law school, and I'll also earn a double-degree in finance."
Evreniadis transferred from Iowa Western CC and cited "the people, Southern hospitality, and historic, traditional feel of the school," as what drew her to Southern Miss. She competed in 12 events during her two-year Golden Eagle career, including four as a senior. Her best outing was a 1-under 215 at the FIU Pat Bradley in October 2018, tying for seventh. She also shared one lesson in particular she can take from being a collegiate student-athlete.
"Never take anything for granted," she said. "That's the worst thing you can do. You never know when an opportunity is going to arise and need to make the most of it. This was more than just college and golf being over, but also my sorority and whole American life. It's the life I've built here."