May 12, 2006
When she's not busy blazing down the track, senior Elisabeth Budd is working away on her double major in history and psychology. Fortunately, she had a few spare moments to sit down with Rachel Perreault of the UMass Media Relations Department to talk about her life at UMass.
Q: With your double major, what's the workload like and how do you balance that with practice?
A: It's pretty though because you have two majors. This is actually the first year I've taken a normal workload. Last year I took 20-21 per semester.
Q: What is your favorite sport to watch or play outside of track?
A: Football. I don't really watch TV that much, but if it's on I'll stop and watch the game, or if I see people playing flag football I will join in and play that. I like going to the college games too because I know a lot of the players.
Q: What's your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
A: Eat. I don't really have that much spare time. I do like to read too. My favorite book is the places you go by Dr. Seuss. I also read a lot of fiction.
Q: What made you choose to come to UMass?
A: Well I applied late, but I knew I had to go to college so my mom said "why don't you apply to UMass?" So I did and the rest is history.
Q: What do you want people to remember about you as either an athlete or student at UMass?
A: I've done a lot of growing since I've come here. When I got here I didn't really know what I was doing, but I worked really hard and I gave a lot of effort. There's been a lot of set backs, and I've given 100% of my effort.
Q: What's your favorite type of music?
A: I like old school Motown and R&B.
Q: What's your favorite or most memorable childhood or past memory?
A: This was kind of recent, but probably when my brother told me I was his hero.
Q: Are you superstitious at all?
A: No, I'm not. I'm the worst person with that. People are always like "Are you ready? Are you even getting in the zone or anything?" And I'm just out there walking around. I'm not superstitious at all; I just go out there and give it my all.
Q: What's your biggest fear?
A: Failing. I don't like the feeling that I can't do something. I think the reason I really feel that way is because ultimately when I came here there were a lot of things people were telling me I couldn't or shouldn't do, so that kind of defined who I am and I decided that I would try everything that I could.