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20 Questions with Brett Hayes
Updated: Saturday 08/29/2011 (ET)
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Q: Why did you choose the Tribe?
Because our team is a family, and that is hard to come by.

Q: Describe a moment when you felt the most Tribe pride...
I really enjoyed watching the Men's Soccer team win CAAs last year, and getting excited with my teammates about when it would be our turn to do a victory lap.

Also, I might have teared up watching my classmate, Katie Stillwell, take the field again after coming back from ACL surgery.

Q: Take us through your pre-game mental preparation routine:
I like to listen to my iPod and throw on the wall briefly before heading to the locker room to prepare for the game with my teammates.

Q: Do you belong to any other clubs, groups, or organizations?

Q: What are some community activities you or your team have done?
We ball girl at Field Hockey games in the fall, and we also worked at a triathlon last year.

Q: What is your intended or declared major and why?
I am a history major. I chose history because I love learning about how cultures have developed and what contributes to the makeup of society today.

Q: Describe your dream job:
I would be thrilled to be involved in the media in some way. For example, I would love to work at a magazine like Rolling Stone either writing or editing.

Q: If you could play another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
Track and Field because the emotion and thrill of a race cannot be engendered by anything else I've experienced.

Q: Favorite team tradition/activity and why?
Our team has a Thanksgiving dinner every year and it is my favorite tradition because of the mounds of delicious food, and also because we each say a few words about why we are thankful for being a member of Tribe Lacrosse.

Q: Which teammate will have the most interesting job in 10 years and why?
Steph Steinweg, because she can do anything she sets her mind to, and her mind produces some crazy thoughts.

Q: What animal would best describe you and why?
A dog (probably a Dalmation because that would match my coloring), because they are loyal, playful, sometimes hyper, and always hungry.

Q: What is your favorite quote or phrase?
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" -Nelson Mandela

Q: What is your favorite type of food (i.e. Chinese, Mexican, etc.)?
I'm a huge fan of Japanese food, but my go to is always Italian.  

Q: Favorite place you have visited or traveled to and why?
Ireland, because I was there for a month and was able to really get to know the culture and the people. I cannot wait to get the chance to go back!

Q: If you could sit down for lunch with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Steven Colbert. I would love to learn the secrets of the comedic media and receive insight on how to become a powerful and humorous voice of society. Also, I would probably be laughing most of the lunch so it wouldn't be too awkward.

Q: Most addicting television show?
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, I get sucked into those marathons.

Q: How will you change the world (or even just one person's world)?
It's a pretty hefty task to change the world, but I'm dedicated to being the best friend, teammate, and family member that I can be. On the broader spectrum I hope to live a life on the basis of hard work and honesty, and by doing so lead by example.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know...
The first concert I ever went to was N'Sync when I was nine. It was awesome.  

Q: What was your most-commented Facebook post?
Probably when I left for Ireland. All of my friends seemed really enthusiastic about me leaving the country.

Q: What's number one on your bucket list and why?
To go traveling for a few months around the world. It would definitely be exciting and I would hope to come back home having met interesting people, experienced new things, and inevitably with a few stories to tell.

Q: What is your best non-athletic skill?
I really like to cook. I love creating new recipes based on what sounds like it might taste good, but they don't always work out so I don't know if I could call it my "best" skill but it's definitely one of my favorites.

Q: Favorite Person to follow on Twitter?
Lord Voldemort continuously cracks me up.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
I abhor it when you're in the flow of foot traffic on the street or in the Caf, for example, and the person in front of you is walking very slowly and you can't get around them.

Q: What is something you are afraid of?
This generation of human beings devouring the earth's resources before I'm dead.

Q: What is an obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
I am a high-energy person. My family will be the first to tell you that it was a process learning how to harness my energy for good (as opposed to evil, obviously).

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