Why did you choose Columbia?
I chose Columbia because it enabled me to play soccer at the Division I level while learning at an institution with amazing professors and colleagues. Columbia’s location in the city of New York also provides incredible opportunities for both personal and professional growth.
What role has New York City played in your Columbia experience?
New York City has broadened my horizons to the multitude of careers that exist from large corporations to smaller start-ups. It also has expanded my cultural understanding beyond what I had been exposed to prior to coming here.
What is your favorite thing about soccer/fútbol?
My favorite part about soccer/fútbol is the global reach that it has – you can connect with people from around the world while watching or playing the game.
Who is your favorite athlete?
My favorite athlete was LaDainian Tomlinson.
Do you have any pregame rituals?
I eat a full Snicker’s bar before every game.
If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you?
My dad actually put this in a Christmas card one year, so I’d have to reiterate what he said with Hayden Panettiere.
What is your favorite thing to do on your day(s) off ?
Depends on my mood, but either eat/sleep or go find a new coffee shop somewhere in the city.
Why do you wear the number #17?
I actually changed from 10 to 17 this year and wanted to go back for two reasons: one, being that many people laughed at me for wearing 10 even though I was an outside back and two, because I have worn 17 for as long as I can remember.
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would want to meet Emma Watson – her influence on the younger generation and desire to make a difference is inspiring.
What is your favorite inspirational quotation?
“Legs feed the wolves” from the movie Miracle.
What has been your favorite thing about competing for Columbia?
The best part of competing for Columbia is the opportunity to represent one of the greatest universities in the world, but also being able to be a part of a phenomenal group of students, alumni who have also represented Columbia and know that I will forever be a part of that special group.
Who is the toughest team or athlete you have ever competed against?
The toughest team we have ever faced was probably Princeton my freshman year when we were still relatively new and developing the chemistry amongst players and with the coaches, but we still won!