Junior midfielder Sam Mewis will be blogging for UCLABruins.com during the 2013 season. Mewis is a regular with the U.S. Women's Youth National Team and a two-time all-conference selection who has scored 28 points on nine goals and 10 assists in her two years as a Bruin.
Hello again from UCLA! This past week has flown by, and the days are really starting to tick off as preseason approaches. I wanted to continue to introduce everyone for this week’s post, as I’m sure that once we are all here and start practicing there will be tons of stories and events to write about!
The junior class consists of 10 players, four from out-of-state and one international. Nine out of 10 have Youth National Team experience, and Rosie White has been to the Olympics and a Women’s World Cup with the New Zealand National Team. I decided that a good way to get to know this very diverse group of girls would be to ask them all a different question and let them answer themselves.
Sarah Killion - What’s your favorite quote and why?
"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."
- - Michael Jordan
This is by far one of my favorite quotes for many reasons. I think that the road to success is never going to be a straight and easy path. Everyone is tested in life, and everyone at one point or another shows what they are made of. As a team and as individuals this season, we are going to go through some tough times on and off the field. I think that in order to be satisfied after the season is over, we are going to have to come together as a team and push through these 'obstacles.' There is no doubt that we have talent on this team, and though that may win us games, it is going to take teamwork and discipline to reach our number one goal.
Rosie White - What is it like going to college in America?
America is very different from little old New Zealand in just about every way! It has taken me a while to adjust to the very physical American college style of soccer, and I'm still learning a lot. I've come a long way in two years - my teammates can now understand what I say, so hopefully by the end of the next two years, the general public will too. I didn't find the whole transition too difficult, although I will always be a very loyal and proud Kiwi at heart. I am really happy here in the big U.S.A. and have some awesome friends and teammates. I think we are going to do big things this season!!
Megan Oyster - What is your favorite thing about UCLA?
My favorite thing about UCLA is being surrounded by some of the most well-known cities in the country. Having the ability to visit places like Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Santa Monica, and Malibu make life at UCLA an unbelievable experience. Something everyone knows about me is how much I love my scooter. It is my gateway to go anywhere in L.A whenever I feel like it. I often find myself scooting to 3rd St. Promenade to shop, Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills, and spin classes in Brentwood. Luckily, UCLA is located in such a great area where I can experience life in southern California to the fullest.
Abby Dahlkemper - Tell us your major and why you chose it.
I decided to major in sociology and minor in education because I would eventually want to work with people after my soccer career is over. I tend to think of myself as a very social person, usually talking a lot, and cracking jokes with people (I am always laughing), so I want to try and use those things to build a career in which I can interact with people on a daily basis and make a difference in the best way that I can. I am so blessed to be at UCLA where I know I am getting an amazing degree at one of the top universities in the country!
Caprice Dydasco - Describe your perfect meal.
Everyone looks at me and assumes that I am a petite little girl that eats like a bird. But little do they know I probably eat more than a full-grown man. Every month I spend all my money on food, going to the grocery store at least four times a week. My favorite meal is dinner/dessert. My ideal dinner meal would be spinach and artichoke dip for an appetizer, filet mignon steak with garlic mashed potatoes for dinner, and cookies and cream ice cream for dessert.
Courtney Proctor - What are your three favorite movies and why?
My three favorite movies are Grown Ups, Now You See Me, and Wreck It Ralph! I like the movie Grown Ups because it's so funny and realistic at the same time! I like the movie Now You See Me because it’s about magic, even though I'm not into magic at all; that movie was amazing! And lastly, Wreck It Ralph was hands-down the best movie ever created! My favorite character was the little sugar land girl! Well, those are the three movies that popped into my head, but there are so many more that I love too!
Katelyn Rowland - Talk about your favorite musical artists.
Ed Sheeran: His voice is angelic, and his songs are super-relatable to everyone's life. They're emotional and romantic, which I love since I'm a hopeless romantic. Pretty sure one of his songs will be played at my wedding.
Justin Timberlake: I love his songs. Some are slow, some are fast, and I love the fact that you can listen to them either when you want to get pumped up before a game or be calmed down after one. I love his lyrics and how personal they are; it makes me emotionally attached. "Mirrors" would definitely have to be my favorite song of his, and maybe one of my favorite songs period.
Taylor Swift: Who doesn't know the lyrics to Taylor swift, and at one point or another, feel as if she's written a song based upon your life? Her music is great. I love how she has fast and slow songs based upon your mood. My favorite part of her music is probably her lyrics and the fact that her songs are actually about her life, things that she’s experienced, and her ex-relationships. Her songs are based on things that pretty much every girl can relate to. T-swift is great.
Kylie McCarthy - If you could have dinner with 3 people, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
If I could throw a dinner party for any three guests, they would be Martha Stewart, Winston Churchill and Thomas Jefferson. Martha Stewart was the first self-made woman billionaire and the queen of domestic life. Being a foodie and crafter myself, I would love to pick her brain about building an empire, DIY crafts and secret recipes. I would invite Winston Churchill, because besides leading the Allies along with FDR to a victory in WW2, his well-documented sarcastic comebacks are some of the best to ever be uttered. I think his wit and humor would liven up any dinner party. My last guest would be Thomas Jefferson. I'm reading the book Thomas Jefferson, The Art of Power by Jon Meacham, and he seems like one of the most interesting and intelligent people who ever lived. As President John F. Kennedy once said at a dinner honoring recipients of the Nobel Prize, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
Ariel Krakowsky - Talk about the best experience you have ever had.
One of the best experiences I've had was volunteering with UCLA Unicamp, which is a summer camp that serves underprivileged youth from the LA area. Each volunteer needs to fundraise $425 in order to go up to camp, and this money offsets the cost that the camper's family would need to pay. Last summer, I was a counselor for high school-aged kids, and our focus was community service. This experience really helped me appreciate the life I've been fortunate enough to have so far. I learned so much from working with my campers, and through this experience I realized that I want to work with kids for a living!
I decided to answer my own question as well -
If you could pursue only one project for a year, what would it be?
I have recently become somewhat of a live music fiend and always talk about following my favorite bands around on tour for an extended period of time. I think that if I could take one year to do anything it would be to travel along with Matt and Kim or The National and see a bunch of their shows all around the world. I can’t imagine many things that sound like more fun. I think that the traveling would be really rewarding too - seeing different parts of the country is something that I really want to do.
Hopefully these questions gave a little insight on the diverse personalities and backgrounds of our junior class. They were interesting for me to read as well. It’s funny that Rosie seems to think we can understand her accent ...
As a class, I think we are all very excited to finally be upperclassmen and leaders on the team. It’s crazy to think that this will be our third year together, and I hope that we continue to all remain close friends as well as teammates.
See you next week!