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20 Questions with Caitlin Murphy
Updated: Sunday 07/25/2011 (ET)
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Q: Why did you choose the Tribe?
There are so many reasons. What sold me, and what set William and Mary apart from other schools, is the Tribe athletics family. From my very first visit, it was clear to me that all of the sports teams are really close-knit with one another. I truly feel like I'm a part of a family - not just on my team but with all of the other athletes as well.

Q: Describe a moment when you felt the most Tribe pride...
This past year, SAAC started selling "one tribe one family" bracelets in honor of Lt. Todd Weaver, a William and Mary graduate ('08) who died in Afghanistan. The campaign was extremely successful and ended up raising a lot of money for his foundation. His family came to our athletic banquet this past spring and we all stood up to give them a standing ovation. It was seriously touching to see and was the moment when I felt the most Tribe pride.

Q: Take us through your pre-game mental preparation routine:
I like to do most of my mental prep the night before a game (go over my scout report/watch film/visualize/dream of victory). The morning of game day I don't like to do too much thinking, or else my nerves will get to me. Game day routine for me is more about the physical prep - eating the same meal at the same time, foam-rolling, playing some wall ball, listening to music, being around my team.

Q: What are some community activities you or your team have done?
We volunteered at a local triathlon in the fall.

Q: What is your intended or declared major and why?
I'm a business marketing major. There's so much you can do with a business major and I feel like a degree from the Mason School will open up a lot of doors.  

Q: Describe your dream job:
Something that involves both business and art - whatever that may be. I've also always wanted to work in a big city like New York.  

Q: If you could play another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
Tennis. I played all four years in high school and really miss it! It's one of those sports that you can play your entire life, and hopefully I'll pick it up again after college.

Q: Favorite team tradition/activity and why?
Every year we get a new "baby tribe". It's sort of like a big sister/little sister thing - an upperclassman and underclassman are paired up. We give each other notes on game day, pump each other up, help each other through tough days, etc.  

Q: Which teammate will have the most interesting job in 10 years and why?
Steph Steinweig. I believe she's pre-med, but I swear that girl will be doing something crazy in 10 years - like exploring a South American jungle for medicine. She's the definition of interesting (in a good way of course).

Q: What animal would best describe you and why?
Maybe a bear - they hibernate and I LOVE my sleep. It's also my favorite animal so naturally this is my answer.

Q: What is your favorite quote or phrase?
It's superrr long but definitely my favorite...

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past ... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it." 

Q: What is your favorite type of food?
Seafood - I love it all! shrimp, crab, clams, fish...

Q: Favorite place you have visited or traveled to and why?
Ireland. I went with my entire dad's side of the family in high school for my grandfather's 80th birthday. We travelled all over Ireland, visiting different cities. It was so beautiful there - I'll never forget it.

Q: If you could sit down for lunch with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Tim Riggins. He's a fictional character from the show Friday Night Lights, but I seriously LOVE HIM nonetheless.

Q: Most addicting television show?
FRIENDS. I think my sisters and I have seen every single episode at least 10 times - it's an unhealthy obsession.

Q: How will you change the world (or even just one person's world)?
Hopefully I'll be a mom one day (: I think being a good parent can change your kids' world)

Q: Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know...
I've been water skiing since I was 4 years old.

Q: What was your most-commented Facebook post?
I honestly have no idea...I rarely ever post Facebook statuses

Q: What's number one on your bucket list and why?
Swim in the "Devil's Pool" at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Google or Youtube it. Looks UNREAL.

Q: What is your best non-athletic skill?
Probably oil painting. I've always loved art, and I first got into oil painting in high school. I've been doing it ever since.

Q: Favorite Person to follow on Twitter?

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people write "your" instead of "you're", "to" instead of "too", "there" instead of "their" or "they're", when people say "good" instead of "well", etc....I don't know why, but it really irritates me!!

Q: What is something you are afraid of?
Sharks. SO scary.

Q: What is an obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
I went to public school my whole life until high school, when I switched to a private school. I had to leave all of my friends, and walking in on my first day of high school, I knew absolutely no one except for my older sister. I'm extremely shy, so this was intimidating, but it all worked out in the end.

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