11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
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Hometown: Dike, Iowa
High School: Dike-New Hartford
It just felt right. I liked everything from the sustainable features of campus to the opportunities offered in the study abroad program and everyone was so welcoming. After my visit on Iowa Private College Week, I kept coming back to it because I could really picture myself here. And I ended up meeting the loveliest person in the world, my roommate Nicole Curran, so I’m sure it was the right choice.
Favorite professor and why
Hmm not sure about a favorite, but I must say having Keith Jones and Brian Peterson teach a class together on superheroes my freshman year set the bar ridiculously high for how entertaining I expected other college courses to be. Nothing’s come close.
You’re majoring in English because…
I enjoy writing. And reading. It seemed like a good fit. Plus numbers over ten baffle me because it’s harder to count them on my fingers. So majors that involved working with lots of quantitative data were out.
Favorite Central athletics memory
Just being a part of a team that had so much success at the national level was pretty awesome. I have some really studly teammates. But I would say either achieving our 4x800 goal at outdoor conference or running through the St. Louis Zoo at the Wash. U. meet last year would be my favorite!
In your iPod
Oh all sorts of stuff. I get a lot of songs from movie soundtracks and TV shows. I have a lot by The Script, John Mayer, Goo Goo Dolls, Rob Thomas, Train, Lifehouse, and Tenth Avenue North. I also love songs from Broadway musicals! What I listen to depends on how I’m feeling. Right now I’ve been listening to a lot of Coldplay and Christina Perri. Not sure what that means…
Favorite cafeteria food
I really like the granola cereal. Is that sad?
Why you love track and field
It sounds really cheesy but it’s taught me so much about life. There will be good races and bad races, and you can’t dwell on the bad if you’re going to get to where you want to be. There’s always a little more to give than you thought you had. It’s amazing to see what you’re capable of if you put in the hard work and truly believe you will get there. And when all is said and done, it’s the relationships you build within the team along the way that matter most.
Best advice you’ve ever received from a coach
Just run your race. When I think too much I tend to psyche myself out.
Your favorite movie
Beauty and the Beast. I’m a five-year-old at heart.
Can’t live without…
I’m going to borrow from the great Ed Thomas’s list of priorities (minus the football, although I do like football!) and go with faith, family, and friends. Other than that, I’d say the aspects of a typical Barnes and Noble keep me content: good books, relaxing music, Internet access, and plenty of coffee.
What most people don’t know about the track and field coaches
They are a very diverse group but many of them are the best of buddies! Some of them play Words With Friends with each other during bus rides. I also recently learned Coach George doesn’t like wearing neon. He needs to brighten up. ;)
The toughest part of practice
That part where you’re far enough into the workout to be tired, but not far enough into the workout to start getting excited about finishing it.
Best book you’ve read recently
Looking for Alaska by John Green. Or The Hunger Games! Hop on the bandwagon people, if you haven’t already. It’s good stuff.
Person past or present you’d like to have lunch with
Zac Efron if I could call it a date. But seriously, I think it would be amazing to talk to Martin Luther King Jr. I love how he used the power of words to inspire an entire nation and create change in the world. I want to do that someday.
I’d love to be a Tony award-winning Broadway actress/astronaut who solves mysteries out of a psychedelic van with a dog named Scooby-Doo on the side. Kind of in the wrong major for that though. So I think I’ll stick to writing a bestseller and becoming the next J.K. Rowling. Dream big, right?
Just for starters…
Write a book
Become fluent in Spanish
Run a marathon or compete in a triathlon
Ride in a hot air balloon
Travel, travel, travel and have adventures around the world
Find my prince charming
Learn the major constellations and name a star
Learn to play my favorite songs on the piano
Look like a stud wakeboarding
Swim with dolphins
Cuddle a penguin
Go on a life changing mission trip
Read the entire Bible
Watch every movie on the AFI’s list of 100 greatest
Own a cabin in northern Minnesota
Be someone’s hero
Make a big difference in the world (don’t know how yet, but I’m figuring it out!)
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