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20 Questions with Jonathan Prohov
Updated: Wednesday 01/03/2012 (ET)
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Q: Why did you choose the Tribe?
I knew I wanted to do gymnastics and I knew I was interested in International Relations.  I like everything I heard about the school, and when I visited I loved the environment so much that applied early decision.

Q: Describe a moment when you felt the most Tribe pride...
USAG's last year in Springfield when the entire team came together and hit every routine

Q: Take us through your pre-game mental preparation routine:
I visualize my routines, going through each skill and remind myself that this is my job

Q: Do you belong to any other clubs, groups, or organizations?
Middle Eastern Studies Club, Tribe Tutors

Q: What are some community activities you or your team has done?
Everyone does the canned food drive each winter when we come back to school early.  Some of us also are involved in Tribe Tutors where we go to Matthew Waley once a week for an hour or so to tutor a student there.  I participated in this program last semester and will again this semester.  I also coach with the rest of the team every Saturday.

Q: What is your intended or declared major and why?
International Relations, and Middle East Studies.  I have always been interested in the big picture, and it doesn't get much bigger than the world.  I grew more interested in Middle East studies when I started to take Arabic and realized I didn't know much about the Middle East, this past year with all the big changes in the Middle East has only increased my interest.

Q: Describe your dream job:
An upper level position in a foreign affairs office, where I could contribute to shaping American foreign policy.

Q: If you could play another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
Sailing, I enjoy sailing

Q: Favorite team tradition/activity and why?
The haka right before we compete, it always gets me fired up.

Q: Which teammate will have the most interesting job in 10 years and why?
Sam Patterson, he changes his major every few hours, I think he'll be a professor but I have no idea what field he'll be in, it could be anything, he already does all these independent projects he'll just find somewhere where he'll get paid to do all those projects.

Q: What animal would best describe you and why?
A bear, because I'm fairly strong and I hibernate.

Q: What is your favorite quote or phrase?
"So it goes" Kurt Vonnegut

Q: What is your favorite type of food (i.e. Chinese, Mexican, etc.)?
I like almost everything.

Q: Favorite place you have visited or traveled to and why?
Morocco, I studied abroad there the summer between my sophomore and junior years.  My favorite place there was the desert because that was the clearest I ever saw the stars.

Q: If you could sit down for lunch with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Kurt Vonnegut because he's my favorite author and a very smart guy.

Q: Most addicting television show?
Arrested Development

Q: How will you change the world (or even just one person's world)?
Hopefully with a job in the foreign policy world

Q: Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know...
When I was 5 I decided that I would become marine biologist who specialized in whales and picked out a school that wasn't William and Mary.

Q: What's number one on your bucket list and why?
Backpack Isle Royal. I was supposed to go there the summer before high school but the trip got canceled.  My brother and dad have backpacked it and I've heard it's awesome.

Q: What is your best non-athletic skill?
Remembering birthdays

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
Wet sand that sticks to your feet because it follows you everywhere.

Q: What is something you are afraid of?

Q: What is an obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
A bad sense of direction, when I'm lost I usually go opposite of my instincts at an intersection and it almost always works out.

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