15 questions for Michele Rosen
Q: What made you choose Bluffton?
A: I chose Bluffton because it was one of the only schools I'd visited that I actually felt at home and comfortable at when I walked on campus..among other reasons. Being able to play volleyball was definitely one of the deciding factors for me as well, but when I looked into the education department, I was really impressed by their standards and their programs, and I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of.
Q: What is your favorite Beaver volleyball memory?
A: Wow.. I would say my favorite Beaver volleyball memory would be when we got to travel to EMU for a preseason tournament my sophomore year! We got to do some sight seeing, and we played really great volleyball, and that was the year we had 5 returners and so many freshman..and that was a big defining moment for me and realizing that these girls were going to be a great group of athletes to play volleyball with and that we had some big moments ahead of us in the seasons to follow!
Q: How would your teammates describe you?
A: My teammates would say that I'm always there to make you laugh..but also that I'm a very hard worker and I'm passionate about the game of volleyball and will do whatever it takes to see our team be successful.
Q: What do you like most about being at Bluffton University?
A: The thing I love the most about Bluffton is the personal relationships you develop with everybody you meet. I love that it's a small campus because it just makes your experience at school even more meaningful (at least it does to me!). I love knowing that wherever I'm going or walking that I can run into somebody and be able to have a conversation with them no matter who it is or what we talk about. The people here genuinely care, and that makes you feel so much more welcome.
Q: What is your favorite volleyball drill?
A: I'd say my favorite drill would be Progressive actually..I think it's a great drill to work on ball control and it helps build communication among you and your teammates. It's tough and sometimes it takes us a while to get it done, but you always feel so accomplished after you get through the entire drill and you know that it will help you in the long run.
Q: What has been your favorite class to date at Bluffton?
A: My favorite class here at Bluffton was one I took last semester.. Reading Content Area Literacy: Middle Childhood. I loved this class because it was one I had to take for my major, and it gave me a real hands on experience with writing lesson plans and what it's like to consider the educational standards in your lessons and how to reach out to a diverse group of students in your classroom.
Q: What is your major? Why did you choose this major?
A: My major is middle childhood education with concentrations in Social Studies and English. I really wanted to major in Early Childhood Education when I first came to college..but I have such a love for social studies and language arts and I really wanted to be able to have a special focus on what I would be teaching in the future..I wanted to get more in depth with the information and be able to have fun with it! So I decided to go for middle childhood education because I get the best of both worlds!
Q: What was the best moment in your volleyball career?
The best moment in my volleyball career would be this entire past volleyball season. There are just almost no words to describe it..we developed into this incredibly strong team who really bonded and became close on and off the court, and it definitely reflected in our successes this past year. I really learned a lot about myself this past season..and dealt with some personal problems that I needed to grow and learn from because of things that were going on outside of volleyball. The season may not have been the best for me personally because I struggled..but seeing our team succeed and grow made me so crazy proud to be a part of such an amazing program, and makes my drive that much bigger to be more successful in my senior season.
Q: What are three things you have to have with you on a volleyball road trip?
A:I absolutely have to have my iPod! I'd lose my mind without music! Definitely a pillow or a blanket for the ride back home, and then...probably some homework or a book to read just to keep my mind occupied.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: My favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice!
Q: What is one thing that most people don't know about you?
A: Most people (or really most of the girls on the team) don't know how much I struggled adjusting to college my freshman year..and that it took a big reality check for me to really get my head on straight again and get serious about school.
Q: Who is/are your role model(s)?
A: My role model is my dad. My dad has always been one of the most important people in my life, and I've been a daddy's girl ever since I was a baby. He was my coach until I got to junior high, and never missed one of my high school or club games through my entire high school career. He hasn't been able to make it to many college games because of work and Kim's volleyball schedule..which is hard sometimes not having him there..but he's always there for me after the games, just a phone call away, and keeping my head above the water, helping me to not get down on myself, and he's brutally honest with me when I really need him to be (even though I don't always want to hear it). He's the reason I got into volleyball and became interested in it in the first place, and he's been my number one support system my entire life. I'd lose my mind without him.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: My hobbies are working out, watching and playing sports, reading anything I can get my hands on, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: My favorite food is my dad's steak and potatoes :) they're amazing!
Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: My biggest fear is disappointing and failing the people I care about.