an interview by UO Fast Break Club President, Jim Long
1. I see your major is business administration. What careers are you considering?
I’d hope to work for Nike or any WNBA/NBA team on the business side of things. I also think it would be really fun to be like a Bev Smith, and run a youth sports program somewhere like Kidsports. As you can tell, I haven't really narrowed it down yet. All I know for sure is that I want to stick around sports, but am not really sure what that is going to look like.
2. How has the academic side of your stay at Oregon been? Are you satisfied with your education?
I love the University of Oregon very much, in every way possible. I came in my freshman year as a Biology major, hoping to become an athletic trainer, but I soon found that wasn't for me. I then took BA101, and intro to business class on a whim, and really enjoyed it, and decided to pursue Sports Business. The Business school is awesome and I have really enjoyed being a part of it. It's always fun too when I have classes with Katie Gruys. It helps a lot to have someone in the class to study with, especially on the road when we travel
3. How have you changed from your freshman year to now
– As a person? As a person, I would say I have just grown up. As a freshman I guess I would say I was immature and dependent on my parents. I was one of those kids who's mother did everything for them while growing up. Even in my senior year of high school my mom would make me sandwiches and pack snacks for me in my basketball bag for game days. Coming to college, and being far away from my parents was absolutely shocking for me at first, and it took me basically my whole freshman year to get used to having to doing everything on my own. Now I would say I'm independent, and looking out for others.
– As a player? As a player I feel like I have just become more mature as well. Freshmen year, I would get frustrated pretty easy and cause stupid fouls and shove people. I remember vividly when we played away at Utah, and I got in the game, a girl scored on me and I straight up smacked her in the face because I was mad I let her score. The refs called an intentional foul, and Amanda Johnson had some words with me after the game. I was extremely immature, and let my frustration get the best of me. Now I feel like I have grown up, cleaned up my game, and do not let things get to me.
4. What have been your biggest challenges here at Oregon?
My biggest challenge here at Oregon has been becoming more out-going. I am a very shy and reserved person, and so coming to a school where I didn't know anyone, was extremely hard for me. I had to learn to come out of my comfort zone and find my voice.
5. What changes have there been in your practices and your workouts this year?
DEFENSE DEFENSE DEFENSE. I feel like this is Coach Kelly's biggest objective. When he first got hired, that is all we did for a couple weeks. I don't think we ever touched a ball. Other than defense, I would say that we also work a lot on position break down. We work in groups of guards and posts, with our position coach for about 30 minutes before practice starts everyday.
6. We fans love you, Megan. Can you hear us cheering for you as you play or as you come off the floor?
When I'm coming out of the game, and going down the bench I can hear all of you. I really appreciate all of you cheering on the team, and sticking with us through out the years. You have no idea how much it means to the team to see all of you there through thick and thin, especially our 4-27 season my sophomore year. The fans are awesome, and I don't know what we would do without your support and love. You play a vital part of the team.