Hometown: North Wales, Pennsylvania
High School: Wissahickon
Why did you choose Moravian College?
I chose Moravian because, aside from having an incredible Nursing program, on my first overnight here, the upperclassman made me feel like I was already on the team, like I had already graduated and committed to Moravian; it was a feeling I had gotten from no other school and one reminiscent of being at home with family.
What is your major and why?
My major is nursing, just like my mom's was. She has been a pediatric R.N. for almost 40 years and someday I wish to be just like her and pursue a career as a Nurse specializing in pediatric oncology, preferably somewhere on the West coast, however.
What has been your favorite course at Moravian and why?
Though only being in the class for a few weeks now, my favorite course has been Holistic Assessment. Aside from Donna Keeler, one of the most intellectual and fun teachers I have had the pleasure of knowing, the class also gives me the opportunity to work in a hospital as an undergrad and be given the chance to make people's lives a little better each day.
What is your most memorable moment as a Greyhound?
So far my favorite moment as a Greyhound was winning the Landmark Conference 10,000 meter and becoming Rookie of the Year last year. Being a Freshman and having the ability to do my part for such an incredible team and bring us that much closer to the title was one of the best feelings I've ever experienced.
How has being an athlete helped you as a student?
Being a distance runner is one of the most difficult things on the planet. Being a distance runner is not merely running a 5 mile course in the fall and then a 5k on the track the rest of the year. Being a distance runner is a way of life; it requires you to change everything: your diet, your sleep habits, your recreational activities, and your study habits. A Running a distance race is asking your body to push itself to the limits of pain and then keep going, and that breeds discipline, especially at the collegiate level. This discipline has taught me to push myself in the classroom as well as on the cross country course.
What is the hardest part of your sport?
Many people think the hardest part of running long distance is...well, the running. Believe it or not, the hardest part is not running. Ask anyone on the team and they will tell you the increase in anxiety that comes with a day off from running.
What advice do you have for a prospective Moravian College student-athlete?
If I was to give advice to any incoming Moravian College student-athlete, however, I would tell them that no matter what sport they do, have fun with it. Collegiate athletics may be a whole new level of difficulty and intensity, but we reach this level because we love our sport and it is our job to bring that onto, and off, the field.
Restaurant? The Metropolitan
Movie? Stranger than Fiction
TV Show? The Walking Dead
Musical Artist? Foo Fighters
Song? Anna Sun
Athlete? Galen Rupp
Pro Team? Philadelphia Union
Hobbies? Surfing and music
Most Prized Possession? My family
Biggest Fear? Losing