The enthusiastic, unique welcoming atmosphere that I felt when I visited on Day for Admitted Students made me feel comfortable on William and Mary's campus and then, I knew that I wanted to be a member of the Tribe.
Q: Describe a moment when you felt the most Tribe pride...
Hearing President Reveley welcome the class of 2015 (or rather, 1914) on our first day on campus made me feel absolutely sure in my choice to come to William and Mary and proud not only of myself but all of my new classmates for our choice to become part of this spirited community. I was so excited and happy to be considered a part of The Tribe.
Q: Take us through your pre-game mental preparation routine:
Before a race, emotions fly through nervousness, excitement, doubt, confidence, and fear. With all these changing feelings, I have to focus myself on my personal race and the confidence that I have in my training and ability to succeed. I breathe deeply and calm myself while envisioning every step of the race, from my two jumps before settling into the blocks to the lean at the finish line.
Q: Do you belong to any other clubs, groups, or organizations?
As a freshman, I have not officially joined any clubs or organizations yet besides Track and Field but I am interested in joining the International Relations/Model UN club and potentially a few others.
Q: What are some community activities you or your team have done?
Again, as a freshman I have not participated in these specific events yet but I do know that the Massey Cancer 5k run is a major event for the Cross Country/Track & Field team. I am excited to be able to help with this event on Saturday, November 5th.
Q: What is your intended or declared major and why?
International Relations, because I am interested in helping the developing nations of the Caribbean or Central America improve their living conditions.
Q: Describe your dream job:
I am undecided on the manner in which I would like to help in these developing nations but I would love to be either a diplomat, ambassador, or possibly lead a Non-Governmental Organization to provide aid and development in a positive way to the Caribbean and Central America.
Q: If you could play another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
I would love to be on the Sailing team if I did not run Track because the teamwork needed to sail the larger boats is incredible and I would love to learn how to sail. It looks like a lot of fun, while still keeping me in shape.
Q: What animal would best describe you and why?
A lemur because they are social and active.
Q: What is your favorite quote or phrase?
"Nobody can do everything, yet everybody can do something meaningful."
Q: What is your favorite type of food (i.e. Chinese, Mexican, etc.)?
Anything! I do like New Mexican style food though especially.
Q: Favorite place you have visited or traveled to and why?
Harmons, Jamaica because the people there are so grateful and loving and the mountains are beautiful.
Q: If you could sit down for lunch with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Today, I would like to sit down to lunch with Franklin D. Roosevelt and ask his opinions and advice on the current conditions of not only the United States but the world and how to improve it. Hopefully this would help me better understand how I can help in the Caribbean or Central America when I get that dream job!
Q: Most addicting television show?
Project Runway. Make it work!
Q: How will you change the world (or even just one person’s world)?
I would like to change the world by improving the lives of the people in either the Caribbean or Central America but only in a manner which they will accept. I do not mean to be invasive and develop their nation, I simply want to help them improve their standard of living.
Q: Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know...
I've ridden donkeys on opposite sides of the world: down the side of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and up a mountain on an island in Greece!
Q: What was your most-commented Facebook post?
Maggie Gutierrez: "got accepted to The United States Naval Academy!!!!!"
Q: What’s number one on your bucket list and why?
Scuba dive to explore the Great Barrier Reef! Or, visit Ireland because my mom's side of the family is Irish and it looks beautiful.
Q: What is your best non-athletic skill?
Adaptability. I have moved four times in my life and have learned each time to become better at adapting to my new home and make new friends.
Q: Favorite Person to follow on Twitter?
I think Twitter is slightly stalkerish...
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
People who eat loudly. I think it's gross.
Q: What is something you are afraid of?
Regrets. I never want to feel like I regretted doing something-or NOT doing something.
Q: What is an obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
Three summers ago, I went on a Mission Trip to Jamaica through Won by One to Jamaica. On the final day, I slipped getting off the roof of the house that we had built and sliced my knee open on the brand new zinc roof. I had to get nine stitches in Jamaica and was unable to run, let alone start training, for the first month and a half of cross country. By the time I got my stitches out, I was far behind and completely out of shape. Foolishly, I simply began training with my team anyway, even though I had missed all of pre-season and many of the first practices. The intensity of training hard right away wore at my knees and I ended up having knee pain all season. I only raced twice that fall. From then on though, I have been sure to build up my training and strengthen my legs to take the pressure off my knees. While I sometimes have knee pain on long runs, I now have a much better understanding of how I should train.