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Tribe 20 Questions with Mallory Schaffer
Updated: Saturday 08/01/2011 (ET)
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Q: Why did you choose the Tribe?
When I was looking at colleges, I wanted to go to a school with a prestigious academic reputation, a great soccer tradition, and in a nice location. William and Mary not only combines all three of those, but it also offers so much more that makes me happy I chose the Tribe.

Q: Describe a moment when you felt the most Tribe pride...
I felt the most Tribe pride when we beat Penn State, at Penn State. It was such an exhilarating feeling to win, especially since two of the coaches there are William and Mary alumni!

Q: Take us through your pre-game mental preparation routine:
After our pregame meal, which is always 4 hours prior to kick-off, I take a nap to relax my body and mind. At this time, I like to clear my head and visualize our team winning because it puts me in the mindset of having success. Then, when we're all putting our gear on in the locker room, I really start to get pumped up with music and our dance party. But, I think my favorite part of my pre-game prep is when our team huddles in a circle before warming up to say a prayer. After that, it's all about focus and just enjoying the ability to play. When I'm in a good mood, I usually play better!

Q: Do you belong to any other clubs, groups, or organizations?
Through Williamsburg Community Chapel, I am a small group Bible study leader of high school girls. I am also in FCA and in a female athlete's Bible study.

Q: What are some community activities you or your team have done?
As a team, we do lots of community service, such as cleaning up the Hall after basketball games, helping with the annual Colonial Half Marathon, doing Relay 4 Life, and contributing canned goods for food drives. I have also volunteered for events dealing with the Celebration of Women's Athletics and the Lord Botetourt Auction.

Q: What is your intended or declared major and why?
I declared my major as biology, with the intention of going to medical school. I think the human body is absolutely fascinating with how intricately designed it is and how connected every part of the body is. The more I learn, the more I am in awe! This interest, coupled with my own unfortunate experiences in the hospital, has increased my desire to enter the medical field to help as many people as possible.

Q: Describe your dream job:
I love to travel, so my dream job would probably involve getting paid to explore the world, like maybe being a photographer or reporter for National Geographic or the Discovery Chanel. But my realistic dream job is being a successful physician, so I can help patients get better every day.

Q: If you could play another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
I played high school basketball and loved everything about it, so I would probably say basketball. Unfortunately, lacrosse was not really big at my high school, but I'd imagine I would also really like it.

Q: Favorite team tradition/activity and why?
We have so many traditions, it's really hard to choose just one! Besides the obvious picking of nicknames, my favorite tradition may have to be our date with a teammate and our ice cream party to discuss all the answers to the list of questions we ask each other.

Q: What animal would best describe you and why?
Well my first nickname was Rudy, based off of the claymation Rudolph the reindeer. For those non-Rudolph believers, then I would say a bull since I've been told by teammates before that I play like a bull in a China shop-completely reckless.

Q: What is your favorite quote or phrase?
"If God is for us, who can be against us?" -Romans 8:31 and "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." -Philippians 4:13

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

Q: Favorite place you have visited or traveled to and why?
One of my favorite countries I've visited is Austria. I know it's cliché, but I agree with Julie Andrews: "the hills are alive." Everything is breathtaking and peaceful, from the never-ending green valleys to the snow-capped mountains.

Q: If you could sit down for lunch with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Honestly I would love to get to know Randy Pausch, who was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and passed away due to pancreatic cancer. He delivered a truly inspirational lecture, "The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams", after receiving his terminal diagnosis. He also coauthored a book entitled "The Last Lecture" that I have not read yet. He seems to be an incredible person whom I would love to meet.

Q: How will you change the world (or even just one person's world)?
If I do become a doctor, I will be able to help people on the road to health. But even more than physically healing patients, I would love to have a positive influence on people just by being optimistic and smiling.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know...
I played 5 different instruments, including the piano, trumpet, viola, French horn, and mellophone, for a minimum of 4 years each, playing most for much longer. I was also in our high school marching band, and we competed against other marching bands!

Q: What's number one on your bucket list and why?
One of the first things on my bucket list is to complete a marathon. I also want to do either a hiking or biking cross-country trip at some point.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
One of my biggest pet peeves is when windshield wipers don't work properly. It really bothers me when the wipers either smudge up the window or leave streaks and gaps where they did not wipe away the water.

Q: What is something you are afraid of?
Growing up.

Q: What is an obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
I have now had 3 surgeries: hernia, knee, and ankle. Recovering from injuries just isn't a fun process, and each one of these major surgeries presented a different obstacle in that time of my life that I had to overcome.

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