Q: What is the setter’s job?
A: People who know volleyball compare it to a quarterback or point guard, the player who runs the offense and gets the team going. I have been setting since I started. I guess I like being in a leadership role and in control of things.
Q: How did you play sports and maintain a 4.0?
A: A lot of prayer. I definitely did pray a lot about my academic performance but I studied quite a bit, maybe too much. My first couple of semesters, I struggled to find a balance between studying and enjoying life. A lot of people ask, "How did you do it as an athlete?" My question is, "How do you not do it?" I needed the balance of the two because volleyball gave me much needed breaks from nursing and sometimes nursing did the same when I needed a break from volleyball.
Q: Are nursing and volleyball alike?
A: They are. They both challenge me, mentally and physically. In both areas, I had to learn how to work with a team. In nursing, you are working with other nurses on your unit. I learned to work with a team through athletics. A lot of people don't experience teamwork but it is something that I guess I just took for granted. Coach Keith taught me and our team so much about utilizing all of our resources and appreciating and respecting those who put in the work.
Q: What kind of nurse do you want to be?
A: I did my senior practicum in the trauma intensive care unit at WellStar Kennestone. I really like that and I will start the residency program there in March. It is humbling to take care of trauma patients who are dealing with such dramatic situations. That could be you or me someday. I also like labor and delivery, which is also a very emotional moment but a happy one. Maybe I am just attracted to highly emotional settings.
Q: Are your volleyball days over?
A: That is such a bad thing to think about. Unfortunately, I am probably done playing competitively, as much as it kills me to say that. I am sure I'll end up in some adult league trying to be too competitive.