Everyday Champion: Kristy Mortensen
Everyday Champions is a program that recognizes the complete student-athlete the student-athlete that makes a difference and makes an impact not only on the field of competition but in the classroom and in the community.
The Everyday Champion exemplifies the characteristics of STAR:
In an attempt to recognize those student-athletes that go above and beyond the call of duty,
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After playing setter your entire life and then playing mostly defensive specialist last year, you have had to shift positions to libero this season. How difficult has that change been?
“It has definitely been tougher to make the transition from DS to libero because as a setter and defensive specialist I wasn’t asked to pass. I just played defense and wasn’t involved in the serve-receive game before, now I have to be a primary passer.”
Is it disappointing to not be playing your original position any more?
“I am open to doing whatever it takes to be on the court. I’ll take any opportunity the coaches give me to contribute. This is just a new challenge and I like that.”
Having been recruited just a year or so ago by the Somera’s how has it been to now be playing for Terry?
“I was a little nervous and anxious to have a new coach, but at the first meeting and first practice I knew that I would really like Terry. It took a while to get the rest of the staff in place, but he talked about Salima and Mark so much that we were really looking forward to meet them.”
Why did you choose to come to OSU?
“I looked hard at a school in
You have a GPA over 3.7 and your sport seems to play or practice year-round. How do you manage your time so well?
“I’m pretty adamant about getting my homework done. But I procrastinate too, just like everyone else. Getting good grades has just always been really important to me, so I force myself to study.”
What was your favorite class at OSU?
“HDFS 360 Critical Thinking with Michelle Cox. It was a class that I was dreading. I thought it would be really boring, but it was just the opposite. Not to say it wasn’t a tough class, but it was very enjoyable.”
Last summer you worked at the
“It was for an internship at OSU. I worked in a couple pre-school classrooms there, one of which is more intensive for children that need more one-on-one attention. I went into it thinking that I might like to be a pre-school teacher and it was a great experience helping to make a difference in children’s lives, but pre-school isn’t the direction I want to go now.
You have a new internship this term. What is that one like?
“This internship is at the