Currently, I am a senior PR student at Syracuse University with minors in Sport Management and Religion & the Media. I am a member of the women’s soccer team at SU and also work part-time at SU Athletic Communications. I am the Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and am actively involved with volunteering in the Syracuse community – but, all of these things are very introductory.
Below the surface I am an athlete with a child-like love of all sports, an active outdoors woman, a serious dog lover, and an imaginative mind.
I always joke that I will be playing in adult leagues until I can no longer walk, but that honestly is the truth. I have a true love of sports, playing soccer, basketball and lacrosse in high school and then soccer in college. Sports have built me into a competitive and fun-loving individual, and I will never be able to give them up. They have shaped me and I will always find a pure joy in playing backyard-anything.
I spent a lot of my time as a child going to my tiny cabin in the Adirondacks of New York on Schroon Lake. I was taught at a young age how to survive in the woods and have been on many challenging hikes. Growing up in this environment, I appreciate what the world has to offer and the beauty that nature brings. I will always find my peace among the pines and will be content beyond description with a mountain top view.
The term “dog-lover” is often thrown around too loose for my liking. When I say I am a dog lover, I mean I extensively study breeds in my free time, volunteer at shelters, and am known as an almost professional dog watcher. From a young age I have cared about animals and took a special interest in dogs. I know hundreds of breeds and their full descriptions and have worked at a veterinarian office, a dog shelter, and a dog daycare. I hope one day when I am retired that I will be able to dedicate a little more time to canines.
From a young age I have been fascinated by the stringing together of words for expression. I have held my personal poetry book at my side since I was twelve years old and continue to write poetry as a sort of release. I find relief in writing, and inspiration in creativity. Poetry is how I jog my mind, and I plan to continue to keep my imagination active.
Me in One Word
If I could describe myself using one word I would confidently say “hardworking.” Everything I do, I do with my whole self. Everything I believe, I believe with my whole self. I will put in whatever it takes to get the best result possible. My parents used to always say to me, before a big test or a game or even everyday life, ganbatte kudasai. This is Japanese (and in the polite form of course – because manners matter) for do your best – always. These words have stuck with me since childhood and I have always prided myself on giving my best effort at all times. This is how I was raised and it is engrained in me to meticulously care so much about everything I do.