What is it like to travel with the team?
Traveling with the team is great. The highlight is spring break, when we go to Hilton Head Island, off the coast of South Carolina. We rent these amazing houses and cook and hang out. We play tons of matches but leave plenty of time to go to the beach and go shopping. It's really fun to be with the team outside of Carleton for a little while because it gives you a chance to get to know people better.
How do you maintain a balance between sports and other activities at Carleton? What else are you involved in?
It definitely takes good time management skills! I like to schedule everything out, so I know I have time for practice, matches, and homework as well as my extracurriculars. I love going to the social dance club on Wednesday and Saturday nights and my folk singing group on Wednesday nights. Last term, I also got to take an improv comedy class on Sunday evenings.
What is your favorite moment from your time in competition?
Winning a match against Gustavus freshman year. I won it in a tiebreak--I couldn't believe it! The next week, of course, my opponent beat me by the exact same score, but it was the first singles win Carleton had had against Gustavus in over a decade.
What would you say to a high school athlete considering Carleton?
Carleton offers a competitive but at the same time really fun and supportive atmosphere for athletics. It's a challenge to balance sports and academics, but the skills you pick up from being a student-athlete and maintaining that balance are incredibly valuable. Being on a sports team also gives you a chance to represent the school you love in a really positive way in addition to helping you get to know some really great people. I definitely recommend it!