Dutchwoman of the Week: Joanna Chalifoux ’16

Courtesy of Union Athletics
Courtesy of Union Athletics

Hometown: Islip, NY
Majors: Psychology and Sociology
Sport: Softball
Campus Involvement: Chalifoux was on the First-Year Orientation team as an Orientation Advisor in her sophomore and junior years. This past fall, as a senior, she was on the Orientation Committee. She is also a member of Delta Delta Delta.

Q: When did you start playing softball and what got you interested in it?
A: I started playing T-ball when I was 4 or 5 years old and began playing softball when I was 7. I have two older brothers who were playing at the time and my dad played baseball growing up so my parents decided to sign me up at my local Little League as well and I really loved it!

Q: What is your favorite team to play against?
A: Probably Rochester or RPI because they are our biggest rivals in the league. The games are always very intense and we tend to play our best. Whenever we have won against them in the past, it was always the best feeling ever.

Q: What are your team’s main strengths and weaknesses?
A: Our main strength is definitely how close we are. In softball, team chemistry is huge because it is such a mental sport at times. We win and lose as a team and we are always there to pick each other up no matter the situation. As for weaknesses, we are a fairly young team overall and some players are playing positions they are not used to, which is extremely hard to do. So there have been some setbacks but everyone has really stepped up and given it their all.

Q: What’s one thing people may be surprised to know about the softball team?
A: Sometimes before games we like to have dance-offs.

Q: How do you think playing a sport while in college has prepared you for your future endeavors?
A: Playing softball in college has really helped my time-management skills because it really has forced me to get my work done when I’m not practicing or playing games. While I was interviewing for jobs earlier this year, almost every interviewer mentioned the fact that I played a sport. They would always tell me how playing a sport in college shows a lot about a person’s work ethic and mental toughness. I also believe that by playing sports, I have learned how to work well with others in order to reach a common goal, which is very important in the workplace.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about Union?
A: I love the community-based atmosphere here. As my four years are coming to an end, I can really say that this place has become my home away from home. I love walking around campus and always seeing familiar faces all over. This past weekend was our senior day and after seeing all of the students and professors who came to support us, I was reminded of how many amazing people I have met here.

Q: What’s your go-to food of choice in Reamer?
A: Definitely the sushi bar!

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in Schenectady?
A: Hard to choose but I love Johnny’s on State Street. Their homemade pasta is the best!


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