Dutchwoman of the Week: Alexis Wojtowicz ’17

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Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Major: Bioengineering

Minor: Electrical Engineering

Clubs/Activities: Gamma Phi Beta, Student Forum, Engineering Ambassadors, SAAC, Research in the Biology Department

Q: Can you briefly explain your experience swimming before coming to Union?

A: I competitively swam on a club team since I was 8 years old and I also swam for my high school.

Q: Do you think being on the swimming and diving team has better prepared you for the future? Why or why not?

A: Of course! Having to balance a rigorous course load as an engineer, along with swimming well, getting enough sleep, doing extracurricular activities and having fun has really fine-tuned your time management skills. Swimming is also such a tough mental sport that it has prepared me well for stressful situations in real life.

Q: In your opinion, is swimming more of an individual sport or a team sport?

A: It’s definitely a mixture of both. When you’re swimming your own race, not only do you do it for yourself to achieve your personal best times, but you also do it for the team as a whole to get more points. Relays are more team oriented – they’re fun when everyone is ready to win.

Q: What kinds of things run through your head while you are swimming in a tough race?

A: Honestly, my mind goes pretty much blank while I’m racing. I try to keep my tempo to the beat of a song in my head and ignore all the pain.

Q: Do you have any goals set for the remainder of this season, whether they be personal or team-oriented?

A: I want to get my best times and make the top final heats in my events that I’ll be swimming at UNYSCSA Championships. It’s my last year so I don’t want to hold anything back. As for the team, one of our goals for the whole season has been winning, so it would awesome if we got third place at states.

Q: What are some of your favorite things about Union?

A: Free T-shirts, Nott shots, Wold and Greek life are a few things that come to mind. Also, the great friendships and interesting classes have made these past four years so memorable.

Q: Balancing a varsity sport and a full academic course load is tough. What advice do you have for other students, both athletes, and non-athletes, in regards to better managing their time?

A: You should stay focused and on top of the work you have to do. It’s so easy to slack off or make excuses but making a plan and sticking to it really helps keep you on track. Basically, work hard and then play harder.

Q: What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?

A: Ozone lunches on Fridays are my favorite and also the traditional red pepper gouda soup that Reamer used to have. Bring it back!

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in the Schenectady area and why?

A: I love going to Zen. They have delicious sushi, pad Thai, mojitos and Sunday brunch.

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