As a Big Ten student-athlete, what were some of the life lessons you learned throughout your collegiate career?
"I have to say time management because in the culture where I'm from, any time is time to relax! It was so important to know when to organize for myself, study time and practice, as well as knowing when I could socialize or relax."
Talk about the demands of balancing schoolwork with being a Big Ten student-athlete...
"It basically boils down to time management again. You have to set aside time. I think the support system we have at Ohio State is really good because they help you figure out where you're at and what you need to do. The support is a big, big part of the athletic department for the student-athletes because you know there are people who genuinely care about you. When you know someone cares about how you are doing in class, it makes you want to work harder."
Looking back on your collegiate career, what are some of the things you are most proud of?
"I'm happy with being named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and winning my All-Big Ten awards, but I think my friendship with my teammates is what I'm most proud of, because I feel like I am a player that anyone could come and talk to. I appreciate that the most."
What advice would you give to aspiring female student-athletes?
"I would tell them to not be scared. Going to college is a great experience and being an athlete is an even better time. Whatever you're goal is, just go for that! Don't let anyone try to tell you you're not good enough or that's too high or that you can't do that. You have to set your own destiny. No one else can do that for you"
Being from another country, what was the international appeal of playing field hockey in the Big Ten?
"The appeal was that back home, field hockey is not a big sport like it is here in the U.S. When I came here (to Ohio State), I loved it. My assistant coach was always in Trinidad, and my head coach had coached some Trinidadian girls in the past, so I just felt at home. I felt very comfortable coming here."
As the conference's Freshman of the Year in 2003, your impact on Ohio State field hockey was immediate. How did being part of a team and the Big Ten ease your transition into college?
"I was proud of being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, but field hockey is a team sport, so without my teammates and my coaches, none of those awards are possible."
With your cousin Blair and aunt Carol as international field hockey competitors, how has their involvement in the sport inspired you?
"My aunt is my guardian angel. She's my biggest supporter. She was always my role model because she was the captain of the national team for so long. She's just a fun person to be around."
With your senior season approaching, what are your goals for your final year? What do you hope for your legacy in Ohio State athletics?
"The group of girls that we have now has grown so close. Although we have a lot of girls from different countries, we have gotten to a point where it seems like there's no departure between friends. The last time Ohio State won the Big Ten was in 2001 and that has been way too long. So in 2006, we are going to go out and bring the Big Ten title back home again."
What does it mean for you to represent Ohio State in the Big Ten's 25th Anniversary of Women's Championships?
"I was really honored. There are several female student-athletes at Ohio State who are deserving of this role. It's an honor to be our spokesperson."
What are your hopes for the next 25 years in Big Ten Women's Athletics?
"I think the Big Ten has definitely set the bar for women's athletics nationwide. They will continue to provide opportunities for female athletes on the track, on the court and on the field to better prepare them for the world out there."