Q: Why did you choose
I chose the Tribe because it offered me a top-of-the-line education as well as the opportunity to play Division 1 baseball. Its reputation in the academic world is undeniable, and Williamsburg is only an hour from home, close enough for me to drop in for my mother's cooking once in a while.
Q: Describe a moment
when you felt the most Tribe pride...
Arriving on campus for orientation and getting excited about my opportunities with the Tribe.
Q: Take us through
your pre-game mental preparation routine:
Before each game, I spend a short time in prayer and basically getting my mind clear and relaxed. Some people blast music on their iPods to "get hyped" and go crazy, but a key part of my game is my demeanor and relaxed approach.
Q: Do you belong to
any other clubs, groups, or organizations?
I hope to become involved with a campus ministry organization and possibly an a cappella group.
Q: What are some
community activities you or your team have done?
My high school was deeply affected by lymphoma recently, so the baseball team participated in a "Laps for Lymphoma" event in support as a team. It was a nice opportunity to show support and raise awareness for a disease that was impacting many people at the school.
Q: What is your
intended or declared major and why?
I am considering kinesiology because I enjoy science and it has a lot of real world application.
Q: Describe your dream
I have always wanted to play professional baseball, but if God leads me in a different direction, I would love to do something that involves kids, like youth sports.
Q: If you could play
another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
If I had the opportunity (and the ability) to play another sport at W&M, it would be volleyball. I have never played on an organized team, but I always enjoy pickup games and playing on the beach. I have some height as well, always an advantage in volleyball.
Q: Which teammate will
have the most interesting job in 10 years and why?
Josh Mason, because it will probably somewhere at the Major League level.
Q: What animal would
best describe you and why?
I'm usually the last person to get cold, so a polar bear might be the good choice.
Q: What is your
favorite quote or phrase?
"I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14
Q: What is your
favorite type of food (i.e. Chinese, Mexican, etc.)?
Italian. I have never really encountered an Italian dish that wasn't awesome.
Q: Favorite place you
have visited or traveled to and why?
The past two summers, I have traveled to Nicaragua with my dad and brother to run baseball camps for kids and share our Christian faith. Nicaragua is very poor in an economic sense, but it is a perspective-changer to see how happy the people are with so few earthly possessions and their eagerness to hear about Jesus Christ.
Q: Most addicting
Call it nerdy, but I will arrange my schedule to catch Jeopardy on weeknights. It allows me to pretend to be really intelligent when I answer the low-percentage of clues that I actually know.
Q: How will you change
the world (or even just one person's world)?
If a corny pun can make someone smile or brighten their day, that's a success.
Q: Tell us something
about yourself that most people don't know...
I was homeschooled until through the eighth grade. I believe it helped me to learn how to study somewhat independently, a skill that helped me throughout high school and will continue to be beneficial in college.
Q: What's number one
on your bucket list and why?
I want to skydive. It is extremely likely that I will chicken out before I jump, but it looks thrilling. Really thrilling.
Q: What is your best
Music has become a passion of mine along with baseball, and I have developed some skills on the piano and singing over the years. I also practice juggling a bit and can put on a decent show with a few tennis balls/eggs/silverware.
Q: What is your
biggest pet peeve and why?
Probably gossiping. We're all guilty of it to some extent, but when all someone has to say is an "informative" comment about another person, the conversation is going the wrong direction.
Q: What is something
you are afraid of?
Snakes. I find them really fascinating creatures and fun to watch at the zoo, but living in Southern California as a child and seeing them all over the place left me with too many bad experiences and a dislike of snakes.