Checking In With The Freshmen

Feb. 25, 2009

Stanford's freshman quartet of Sarah Boothe, Lindy La Rocque, Grace Mashore and Nnemkadi Ogwumike checked in with gostanford.com to talk about how the first five months of college life have been.

Little over halfway through your first year of college...how has your college experience been?

Sarah Boothe: It has been hard at times but it has been a blast!
Lindy La Rocque: Amazing! Better and more than anything I imagined.
Grace Mashore: Its been a definite learning experience, I have had some really amazing times and some really hard times but there are a lot of aspects of college that I am really loving.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike: Fantastico!

What has been your biggest adjustment to college life?

Sarah Boothe: Having a roommate
Lindy La Rocque: Managing my time with basketball, school work, and my own free time
Grace Mashore: The length and intensity of the basketball season
Nnemkadi Ogwumike: Getting used to living alone. But once you [get used to it], its great!

About how many all-nighters have you pulled this year to finish a class assignment?

Sarah Boothe: About three
Lindy La Rocque: None! I must have sleep!
Grace Mashore: Probably three, but they were unnecessary, I just couldn't focus!
Nnemkadi Ogwumike: One...never again!

What has been your favorite non-basketball memory so far this year?

Sarah Boothe: NSO Week and Band Run
Lindy La Rocque: Hanging out with all of my teammates outside of the gym and being silly
Grace Mashore: New Student Orientation was really fun, but Obama winning the presidential election, and now living in my hometown has been my best memory so far
Nnemkadi Ogwumike: Gaeities

Which road trip has been your favorite so far this season?

Sarah Boothe: Hawaii
Lindy La Rocque: Hawaii for sure!
Grace Mashore: When we went back east. Even though we didn't have the results we wanted I felt like those games will certainly prepare us for March and April. It was also really nice to have my family around for all of those games.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike: Its between Hawaii and the East Coast (Duke-South Carolina-Tennessee)

What is the best advice one of your upperclassman teammates has given you this season (and which teammate dispensed this advice)?

Sarah Boothe: To just control the things I can, like running the floor, my defense and rebounding, and the offense will come. (From Morgan Clyburn)
Lindy La Rocque: Pretty much anything Jayne tells me about anything...basketball, school, boys, etc.
Grace Mashore: It's a long season and all you can do is control the things you can control- JJ
Nnemkadi Ogwumike: Jayne tells me: 'If you don't know, ask Kayla [Pedersen].'

You've been given a day off by the coaches, and it falls on a Sunday. How do you spend it?

Sarah Boothe: Usually sleeping.
Lindy La Rocque: Sleep in until 10:30, go to Stacks for breakfast with Jayne, JJ and Jill, hang out with them, do some work while doing laundry, go to the gym and shoot, do some more work, go to bed early.
Grace Mashore: SLEEPING! :-) depending on the day, I usually have a lot of work to catch up on so I do that but I also try to see my friends a little bit because I certainly don't get a chance to do that during the week
Nnemkadi Ogwumike: Sleep, eat, study, TV

One thing my teammates like to tease me about is...

Sarah Boothe: My accent
Lindy La Rocque: How much I scream and talk before games
Grace Mashore: Clearly, the massive amounts of hair products that were sent to me is a big joke on the team. I also get made fun of for not knowing how to use the laundry loop in the beginning of the year.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike: My mask

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