Why did you decide to come to Carleton?
At both the institutional and individual levels, there's a sense of humor here that I didn't see in the other colleges I considered. When I was a prospective student, the admissions department sent me a postcard that had instructions on how to turn postcards from admissions departments into origami frogs. Now that I'm a junior, I've gotten a chance to meet so many wonderful people and to be a part of so many goofy traditions. I knew that any school I picked would challenge me, but I wanted to be sure that I'd enjoy my four years in college.
What have been some of the differences between college and high school sports?
At my high school, every student was required to join a competitive sport for at least one season a year. That meant that a lot of students treated athletics like a graduation requirement. Because Carleton is Division III, no one is required to join a sport. This means that everyone who joins is here because they want to be here, which makes a huge difference in team attitude.
What are you most looking forward to next season?
We've placed third at conference championships each year for the past three years. Next year, I'll be a senior - and we've got our eyes on taking St Olaf out of second place!
What do you enjoy most about your sport?
I'm a bit of an endorphin addict - I love the way my mind and body feels after extreme exertion.
What else are you involved in?
Compartmentalizing is really important for a successful balance. Instead of multitasking, I try to focus on the moment I'm in, and give it 100%. I try not to think about comps during swimming, and I try to avoid daydreaming about championships in class. I've really enjoyed a lot of the opportunities Carleton has offered me: I work as a Program Director for Carls Against Cancer and as a House Manager for Fitness House; I play intramural softball and club water polo; I've danced in Ebony and directed for the Experimental Theater Board. And there's still so much I haven't tried yet!
What are some of your team's traditions?
Training trip is my favorite part of the year, and not just because of the warm weather. Our hotel rooms are deliberately mixed up by training group and class year, so you really get to know teammates who were previously only on your periphery.
What is your favorite thing about Carleton?
The people. Everyone here has at least one passion, and it's amazing to watch people light up when talking about the things they love.