As Missy Franklin started to walk out of Berkeleyâ€™s Haas Pavilion, she flung her backpack over her shoulder and asked, â€œAnyone want to go to sociocultural anthropology?â€
There were no takers. Which is too bad. The sophomore swimmer wonâ€™t be able to offer that kind of invitation for much longer. The daily college grind portion of the 19-year-old Olympic championâ€™s life is about to end, at least for a little while. Franklinâ€™s leaving Calâ€™s swim team to turn pro, eyes set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
â€œThis will, I guess, really start my professional career,â€ Franklin said of her upcoming transition. â€œThis way Iâ€™ll be able to start my job and start my career and really start saving the money thatâ€™s going to sustain me, and hopefully, my future family for a while.â€