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20 Questions with Matt Burns
Updated: Friday 01/03/2012 (ET)
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Q: Why did you choose the Tribe?
When I was about 8 years old my family and I visited Williamsburg/William and Mary.  I loved the atmosphere on campus, along with the incredible combination of academics and athletics.  From then on I knew this was the school for me.

Q: Describe a moment when you felt the most Tribe pride...
Convocation my freshman year.  It blew my mind walking through the Wren and seeing the entire W&M community cheering, screaming for, and high-fiving all of the new students.

Q: Take us through your pre-game mental preparation routine:
I try not to think about the competition too much.  The more I relax, the less I psych myself out and better I do.

Q: Do you belong to any other clubs, groups, or organizations?
I've been involved with Orientation since my sophomore year and am currently Orientation Area Director for Yates.  I'm also one of my team's representatives for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a member the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.

Q: What are some community activities you or your team has done?
Every winter break we run a canned food drive donated to the local non-denominational charity FISH.  Last year alone we collected more than 3,000 pounds of food.  We also coach a recreational gymnastics program every Saturday for Williamsburg Gymnastics.

Q: What is your intended or declared major and why?
I am a double major in Process Management and Consulting and Psychology, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.  I chose these because I feel business and psychology go hand-in-hand, and both have always greatly interested me.

Q: Describe your dream job:
Performing in Cirque du Soleil or a similar show.  I've loved performing since I was little and would love to continue with gymnastics while I'm still in shape.

Q: If you could play another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
Swimming/Diving.  I've always loved being in the water and used to swim competitively in high school.

Q: Favorite team tradition/activity and why?
Every year during Convocation we throw our new freshmen in the air as they walk by us on the path in front of the Wren.  No one ever sees it coming but it's a great way to be welcomed to the team/Tribe.

Q: Which teammate will have the most interesting job in 10 years and why?
Kris Yeager.  I could see him being anything from the new host of Jeopardy to a professional food critic.

Q: What animal would best describe you and why?
A polar bear. They're good swimmers, aggressive, and can't get a good tan...

Q: What is your favorite quote or phrase?
"Excellence is to do a common thing, in an uncommon way."  -Booker T. Washington

Q: What is your favorite type of food (i.e. Chinese, Mexican, etc.)?
Chinese food.  I could eat it every day.

Q: Favorite place you have visited or traveled to and why?
Bermuda. Hands down the best vacation of my life.

Q: If you could sit down for lunch with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Trey Parker and Matt Stone (creators of South Park)

Q: Most addicting television show?
Modern Family

Q: How will you change the world (or even just one person's world)?
To help people love themselves for who they are.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know...
One of my favorite hobbies is doing Trapeze.  I do it every chance I can get.

Q: What was your most-commented Facebook post?
My status about getting into the Business School

Q: What's number one on your bucket list and why?
I would love to travel to every country.  I've never travelled much and would like to change that.

Q: What is your best non-athletic skill?
Ceramics.  I'm surprisingly good on the pottery wheel.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
People who are ignorant.  There's no excuse for hating someone over something they cannot control.

Q: What is something you are afraid of?
Really small/tight spaces.  I hate the feeling of being trapped.

Q: What is an obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
An extreme lack of self-confidence.  This has changed greatly, however, since becoming a part of the Tribe.

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