Clare Myers, Staff Writer
Emily Rogers is a senior history major with a concentration in education. She is a captain of the women’s soccer team and a four-year starter. In an interview with Clare Myers, staff writer for The University News, Rogers discussed her athletic career at the University of Dallas:
CM: How does it feel to have played in your senior game after four years of University of Dallas women’s soccer?
ER: You always think that there’s always more time, but finally realizing that this is it … it’s mind-blowing. You think about everything you’ve done on that field, where you started and where you are now, all the teams you’ve been through. All of it goes through your head.
CM: Did you originally come to UD to play soccer?
ER: It was a combination of things. It was the fact that it was a good school with a great abroad program and the opportunity to play soccer when I had ruled it out after tearing my MCL in high school.
CM: What has been the best part about being a part of the UD women’s soccer program?
ER: I would definitely say the relationships you build with your teammates. School is about focusing on doing the best you can for yourself, but the team is about doing the best you can for other people. You create bonds with other people on and off the field to achieve success.
CM: What’s the worst part?
ER: The disadvantages of all of that. The fact that it’s a team sport means everything is not in your control. It’s not about you as an individual and that can be frustrating. You have to work with other people’s visions and other people’s attitudes.
CM: What does it mean to be a student-athlete at UD?
ER: It’s definitely all about balance. It’s about learning from your mistakes. It’s about sacrifice; you may get home at 3 a.m. on a Sunday and have an 8 a.m. class the next morning, so you sacrifice sleep and you sacrifice complete freedom. You work hard, especially at a school that doesn’t put an emphasis on athletics.
CM: Do you have anything to say to others who might not understand what it’s like to be an athlete at UD?
ER: It’s more difficult than I think most people understand. Athletes get the stereotype of not being able to cut it in the classroom, but the fact is that if you’re not smart, you can’t be an athlete here. At the end of the day, life is about balancing different things and learning to prioritize. If I did not play soccer, would I be getting better grades at UD? Yes. But would I trade those experiences I’ve had for a higher GPA? I would never.