I chose the Tribe because I was looking for a relatively small liberal arts school that wasn’t in the North. William & Mary’s excellent academic reputation certainly helped and I hate running in snow!!
Q: Describe a moment when you felt the most Tribe pride...
The athletics banquet at the end of the year always has an amazing video montage of the past year’s sports highlights. It makes me feel really pumped up and proud to be part of something like Tribe Athletics.
Q: Take us through your pre-game mental preparation routine:
The night before a race I try to visualize the race going well in my head before I go to sleep. I usually have granola or a cliff bar before the race and I wear the same “lucky” socks every time.
Q: Do you belong to any other clubs, groups, or organizations?
Before I took a semester off, I was a featured student blogger on the W&M web page. I was also a member of HOPE and the Invisible Children Club. I plan on returning to those activities in the fall.
Q: What are some community activities you or your team have done?
A number of my teammates, including myself, are part of the Tribe Tutors program. We mentor and tutor children at Matthew Whaley Elementary School once a week.
Q: What is your intended or declared major and why?
I intend on majoring in English. I love to write and hope to someday have a career in journalism and/or teaching English.
Q: Describe your dream job:
I would love to write for a well-established newspaper or magazine one day. Having a column about travel and/or food would be perfect because I would get to try new things all the time.
Q: If you could play another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
If I could play another sport I would have to choose football. I would obviously be terrible at it but the crowds that our football team draws are always pretty awesome and everyone gets really into home games.
Q: Favorite team tradition/activity and why?
Although stretching and lifting after practice is tiring (after long runs), I think these are the moments that I like the most. There’s always good conversation while we work hard and I know that dinner comes next!
Q: Which teammate will have the most interesting job in 10 years and why?
Probably Katie Buenaga. She will probably live in Africa and teach little children.
Q: What animal would best describe you and why?
I am 5’11” and lanky, so I have to say a giraffe just because of the height.
Q: What is your favorite quote or phrase?
A true champion emerges in the early morning hours. A determined force, wet with sweat, deprived of breath. Mentally driving his body beyond fatigue, beyond pain, beyond reason, to the point of exhaustion. How far an athlete can push the limit when no one is watching- That is the essence of a champion. So the next time you're out early one morning and you happen to catch a glimpse of an athlete hitting the wall and pushing through it, take notice, look closer and feel fortunate for what you are witnessing. ~Quiet Confidence
Q: What is your favorite type of food (i.e. Chinese, Mexican, etc.)?
Italian food! Chicken or meatballs, pasta and a lot of crusty bread.
Q: Favorite place you have visited or traveled to and why?
Tortola in the US Virgin Islands. The water was unbelievably crystal clear and the beaches were pristine.
Q: If you could sit down for lunch with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
My mom and I go out to lunch at least once a week when I’ home. She is my best friend and I wouldn’t choose anyone else in the world to fill her spot for a lunch date!
Q: Most addicting television show?
I’ve recently been watching the Discovery Fitness & Health Channel a lot.
Q: How will you change the world (or even just one person’s world)?
I think that the little things that people do really make the person. In the future, I will be the best sister/daughter/wife/mother/employee that I can be and I hope to spread my positivity to others. A smile goes a long way!
Q: Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know...
As a child, I sang and danced competitively. Itchy costumes!!
Q: What was your most-commented Facebook post?
Probably my birthday or when I had a foot injury in high school and a lot of people wished me “get well” greetings.
Q: What’s number one on your bucket list and why?
I’d love to run the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco...You get a Tiffany’s necklace at the finish line!
Q: What is your best non-athletic skill?
I bake great banana bread. I also love to write as a hobby and I’m a pretty good singer.
Q: Favorite Person to follow on Twitter?
Kim Kardashian, Snooki, Lo Bosworth
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
I need complete silence/darkness to sleep so anything that makes noise/light when I am trying to rest!
Q: What is something you are afraid of?
I am very afraid of snakes and I have a big fear that I’ll encounter a snake while alone on a trail run.
Q: What is an obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
Freshman year of college I got my tonsils out and sophomore year I had hip bursitis. There have been quite a few physical obstacles that I have had to overcome thus far and learned a lot along the way. Here’s to a strong, healthy Tribe in 2011/2012!