ADRIAN, Mich.--Every week, the Adrian College Athletic Communications Office will unveil a Q&A format interview with a student-athlete(s) from one of the Bulldogs' 40 intercollegiate athletics programs for a new series, Bulldog Spotlight: Getting to Know..." The latest edition features freshman guard Shannon Garvey on the Adrian women's basketball team:
Shannon Garvey l Freshman l Concord, Ohio (Villa Angela St. Joseph High School) l Mathematics major
Q: Why did you choose to come to Adrian College? Can you describe your recruitment process??
A: "I had been in contact with a few schools during my sophomore, junior and senior year of high school. Even a few in the MIAA. I took visits to the schools but I felt no connection to the school when I left. Adrian however, felt like home instantly. The people were welcoming, the size of the school is perfect for me and my success. Coach Morris always kept in contact with me as I went through my high school basketball season and encouraged me to 'Think Bulldogs' every day, and I am so glad she did."
Q: What are your pre-game rituals?
A: "I may be a little crazy when it comes to pre-game rituals. I always say a prayer in the locker room before I play. I make sure I can have a little quiet while I am doing this. I also set goals for myself in multiple categories such as, assists, rebounds and points. I also need to make sure I have gum when I play (I've always heard it helps you focus). Going over the scout is also important before a game so that I can know what to expect on the court."
Q: How do you handle the demands of being a student and athlete at the same time?
A: ""I've been away from home before, but never away from my parents. I miss them but they make their way up to Adrian when I need them. As time goes on I tend to adjust to the college life, by keep myself busy. The key to being a student athlete is time management. It's also a lot easier because my best friend/ teammate Angelina Goosby here with me so it actually makes things a lot easier to go through all these experiences with her."
Q: What does being a NCAA Division III student-athlete mean to you?
A: "It means a lot to be labeled as a student-athlete, there are a lot of people who would kill to be in my shoes! I am so blessed to be able to play college basketball at any level."
Q: What is your best Adrian sports memory?
A: "It would be simply all of the crazy bus rides and bonding with my teammates. All of the mornings and even nights we spent on the bus together were so enjoyable. It is the little things that have been so memorable to me this year."
Q: What does it mean to you to be one of many newcomers to have had an impact on the team's success this season?
A: "Being able to make an impact as a freshman feels amazing. I can see all of my work paying off and I cannot wait to keep developing every year as I go through the program. Being an impact also reinforces the fact that I made the right decision to go to Adrian College. I cannot wait to see what the future holds but I love the fact that I could help make the team a success this year."
Q: As a freshman, what are the biggest differences between transitioning from the high school to the college game?
A: "I would say that the biggest difference is that in college no one is playing the game just for something to do in their spare time. Instead everyone here is hungry to win and to get better. In college there is no time to wait around for anything to come to you; if you want to shine you have to work because teams all over are always getting better."
Q: What do you like the most about the Adrian campus?
A: "I like how welcoming the Adrian campus is. Everyone is here to help you and there are always people who want to be your friend. I also love the small class sizes and atmosphere. My professors and classmates know me for me rather than just looking at me as a number."
Q: What's the best advice (and from who?) that anyone has given you?
A: "I have been blessed with a lot of influential people in my life that are always trying to help me. However, the best advice I've ever gotten was from my mom, Carolyn Garvey when she told me not to worry about the things you can't change and instead do all I can to make them easier to cope with. It has been said in the past when I have hard times with my Type 1 diabetes. It also can be applied to many scenarios in life and I will always take it with me."
Q: If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be and what would you ask s/he?
A: "Kobe Bryant. I would ask him what he did to keep the game interesting for all of the years he played and how he continued to improve even when it seemed like he couldn't get much better."
Q: What does being a Bulldog mean to you?
A: "Being a Bulldog means being able to excel in the classroom and on the court at the same time. Being a Bulldog means having pride in your school everywhere you go. And finally being a Bulldog means being hungry for success."
Q: If you could visit a place that you've never been, where is it and why?
A: "It would be Ireland. I would go there because a lot of my family came from there and it would be nice to see where they grew up and how some of our family traditions came about."
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: "After graduation I want to be a geologist. My father, John Garvey, is successful in this field and I think it would be amazing to work alongside him one day or even to assist him. I want to live in a big city if at all possible because I love the busy atmosphere."
Q: What's the most embarrassing song on your IPod/recording device? And why did you download??
A: "On my iPhone I have a lot of throwback Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana because there are always moments when I need them (haha). That does not mean I am at all embarrassed of them, I love them!! I got them because they are things everyone knows and perfect car songs in the summer."
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