Everyday Champion - Anita Burdick

March 2, 2010

Anita Burdick began her athletic career at the College of Southern Idaho, and starred there for two seasons before making the big leap to Oregon State and Division I basketball. Naturally, the step up to a big-time program in a BCS conference has been a rewarding one for the current OSU senior, but it has been a rewarding opportunity for her, and not just on an athletic level.

Burdick has excelled in the classroom, and has put forth an impressive effort in the classroom, which has helped make her this week’s everyday champion.
She’s a psychology major and is certainly looking forward to her professional career. Like the jump she made from high school to College of Southern Idaho, and then to OSU, she relishes it as a new challenge.

For the time being, however, she is looking forward to making every last moment of her Oregon State career count. Most recently, in fact, she made her last appearance at legendary Gill Coliseum count as she grabbed nine points and nine rebounds against USC.

Q: How does it feel to be selected as an Everyday Champion?
A: “I’m very excited and honored to get this award. You know, you just go to class everyday and you go to practice every day and you don’t ever think about what it entails or equals up to. You get better every day, and it may take awhile, but it’s always cool to see that it accomplishes something in the long run.”

Q: Now that you’re a senior has it become clear what you’ve been working so hard toward?
A: “When you’re a freshman you just want to know ‘Why are we doing this, why are we doing that?’ But by the time you’re a senior, it all makes sense and starts to come together. In the classroom it’s the same thing. Being a freshman, you take all those intro courses and by the time you’re a senior you’re taking so many classes that make sense for what I want to do. It’s exciting because it’s coming to an end but I’ve learned so much along the way that now I’m this older, wiser person, it’s all starting to make sense. You can just feel why you did it all.”

Q: What has it meant for you to be a student athlete at Oregon State?
A:  “It’s meant a lot to me. It’s giving me great time-management skills. It’s made me a better person because I’ve had to deal with more than one thing. Most people have to deal with work and school, but basketball’s so multi-dimensional. There are so many things that you have to do and accomplish. The things that I’ve learned on the court will transfer to the workplace in a way that you can’t explain but just happens, like teamwork and how to work with others. It’s definitely going to help me in the long run and it’s been a great experience.

Q: Since coming from junior college, what has been the biggest adjustment from being a student and an athlete at a BCS school?
A: “The level definitely steps up a lot. You go from this level of junior college with kids that may not even make it to Division I and some kids that do, and when you’re one of those kids and you get there, it’s when you realize, ‘Whoa, this is what everyone’s been talking about.’ I thought it was a nice step from high school to junior college to a Division I, big-time school because the classes are harder but you took that step before, and on the court is harder, but you’ve already taken the step. It makes it easier than coming from high school, but it’s definitely a huge step because there’s a lot more expected of you.”

Q: What is your major and how do you plan on using it once you graduate from Oregon State?
A: “I’m a psychology major and I plan on going to grad school to become a clinical psychologist. I’d like to possibly have a practice where I counsel with people with disorders, but I would also like to work in a hospital in my early career and maybe work with patients with psychotic disorders.  When I was a freshman, I was undecided. I thought I wanted to be a math teacher but then I decided that I can’t teach very well and I realized I’d rather help people. I took a psychology course and I thought it was amazing what the mind and the brain can do. I liked trying to find out how that works, and I think I’d like to help people that struggle with everyday things to find out what’s wrong. I want to be a person that helps others in ways that I understand and that they don’t.

Q: What has been the most intriguing course you have taken at Oregon State?
A: “I took a few women’s studies classes that were really cool. I really liked Cognition, a psychology course about the human brain and how it works. I feel like a lot of the classes I’ve taken here have been really intriguing compared to junior college where it’s more basic.”

Q: What has your scholarship from the BASF meant to you in coming to Oregon State?
A: “It has meant a lot to me. I come from a family where college was not so much an option as I would have had to deal with loans and things that a lot of kids have to deal with these days. To have my education paid for, and it being such a high-level, great education, has been amazing. I don’t know where I’d be right now if I didn’t have these opportunities.”

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