Why did you decide to transfer to Carleton?
As a transfer I think you know more about what you want out of a school. I think it is said a lot but it is the people at Carleton that sets it apart. While everyone is motivated to succeed, it is never at the expense of fellow students. Students here are genuinely interested in others, which I think is rare in people our age. I love how you can meet someone for the first time in the library and end up having a half hour conversation with them. Things like that just feel normal, easy, and comfortable at this school.
What was appealing about playing on a competitive soccer team again?
I love playing the game but it was the team aspect that I missed the most. When you are out on the field pushing the boundaries of your own physical and emtotional limits and you are doing it with teammates by your side who are doing the exact same thing, there is a unique relationship that you form with those individuals.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
Having taken a couple of years off from soccer before playing at Carleton, I feel I have a strong appreciation for the sport and what it means to be a member of a team. Having that appreciation and seeing that this is my last season of competitive soccer, I am just excited about getting out there and playing, working hard towards our goals, and having some fun on the way.
Describe a really fun or funny memory from CWS.
Our coach, Neil, loves nutmegs. He will nutmeg players left and right, mostly when we are waiting for practice to begin or between drills - he gets the biggest kick out of it. During a scrimmage Niki Tomita took on Neil (who was playing defense) on the goal line. She slipped the ball through his legs and scored a sweet goal from a ridiculous angle, all the while Neil was on the ground in disbelief. That day Niki paid Neil back for the many nutmegs he has pulled on us in the past.