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20 Questions with Sam Patterson
Updated: Thursday 01/18/2012 (ET)
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Q: Why did you choose the Tribe?
I chose the Tribe because it had the rare combination of academics and athletics while still being a relatively small school. There's really nowhere else like it.

Q: Describe a moment when you felt the most Tribe pride...
At our USAG championship meet last year, when our team rallied together to put on the best meet I've ever seen.

Q: Take us through your pre-game mental preparation routine:
I mostly just visualize each of my routines and keep as relaxed as possible.

Q: Do you belong to any other clubs, groups, or organizations?
I currently work as an intern at AidData, a group on campus that works to provide useful information regarding foreign aid projects around the world.

Q: What are some community activities you or your team has done?
Each year we organize and carry out a canned food drive in the Williamsburg area. We also teach gymnastics to young kids every Saturday at William and Mary Hall.

Q: What is your intended or declared major and why?
I intend to double major in Economics and Psychology. I don't know what I want to do in the future, but I find both subjects interesting and relevant to many aspects of society and everyday life.

Q: Describe your dream job:
I would love to work with gymnastics. I don't know what I want to do, but I would really like to stay involved in the sport.

Q: If you could play another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
Definitely soccer, I played it when I was much younger and I've always really enjoyed it.

Q: Which teammate will have the most interesting job in 10 years and why?
J.J. because he is always thinking out of the box. Way out of the box.

Q: What animal would best describe you and why?
A penguin, because I can't fly.

Q: What is your favorite type of food (i.e. Chinese, Mexican, etc.)?
Probably Italian food.

Q: Favorite place you have visited or traveled to and why?
Turkey, its really cool to see the ruins of the many civilizations that have passed through over the years.

Q: If you could sit down for lunch with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Neil Degrasse Tyson (the guy from NOVA), because his show has fascinated me for years and is the reason for many of my thoughts and beliefs about life and the universe.

Q: Most addicting television show?
Arrested Development, no contest.       

Q: What's number one on your bucket list and why?
I want to hike the Inca trail, that would be amazing.

Q: What is your best non-athletic skill?
I really enjoy playing guitar.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest pet peeve is hearing people complain about things that they could easily resolve if they chose to.

Q: What is something you are afraid of?
If afraid of losing the ability to do my sport before I accomplish the goals that I've always wanted to achieve.

Q: What is an obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
Like many of us, I've had a good number of injuries over the years. It's always hard to take time off and see your hard work go to waste, but in the end it just makes you want to succeed even more.

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