Get to Know Mackenzie Fidelak
What's your favorite way to spend a day off?
Probably just catching up on everything, from sleep to homework to seeing friends. It's the best feeling to just get your week back on track.
What surprised you the most about being a student-athlete at Stanford?
The thing that surprised me most is how supportive all the different sports are of each other. You can always count on other teams to come to your matches, and we always go to support other teams as well.
Do you have any pet peeves?
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people park so badly that you simply cannot fit into the spot next to them. It's just so annoying because you find a spot and you start to pull in and then you realize you can't fit and it's a whole ordeal to back up and find another spot.
If you weren't playing volleyball at Stanford, what sport would you want to play?
I think it would be so fun to be a gymnast or a figure skater, mostly because they're my two favorite sports to watch during the Olympics.
Do you have any prematch rituals? If so, what are they?
I always have to braid my hair and wear a sparkly scrunchy, and I do a few other people's hair before games as well. I also have to drink a Yerba or a Dragon Drink before every match, depending on if we are home or away.
Outside of volleyball, what's something you're passionate about and why?
One of my favorite things to do when I have free time is making desserts. My favorites to bake are chocolate chip cookies and Congo Bars, which are essentially chocolate chip cookie brownies.
Why did you choose to attend Stanford?
I chose Stanford because of its standard of excellence in both athletics and academics. Because of this, the people it attracts are the kind of people I want to surround myself with all the time, and that is something that I really cherish about Stanford as well.