I first learned that rugby was a sport played in the United States in Spring 2011. I was at the accepted students weekend at Princeton (Princeton Preview), where I would eventually enroll, when walking through the activities fair I stumbled upon the table for the women’s rugby team. That afternoon, I spoke to my dad over the phone and mentioned to him that meeting the team stuck out in my head and that it was certainly something I would consider doing in the fall. When he told me, I *absolutely would not* be joining the rugby team, I pretty much made up my mind. That fall, I attended my first rugby practice before my first college class. Over 6 years later, I’m still in love with the game.
In my undergraduate years, the Princeton University Women’s Rugby FC (PUWRFC) was lucky enough to make multiple Round of 16 appearances for 15s, as well as 7s. We were national contenders in both divisions, including the CRCs and the USAR’s College 7s. We won the Ivy Rugby Championship, Rickerson Cup, and many other awards and tournaments. The Division 1 program was extremely competitive at the time.
After graduating college, I played a season with the Chesapeake Women’s Rugby Team, affectionately referred to as the “Chessie Women.” When I understood that D3 Social rugby was not for me, I decided to transition to refereeing.
In January 2016, I took my Level 1 Course and immediately jumped into refereeing under the guidance and coaching of the Potomac Rugby Referee Society. By April, I was honored to participate at the Atlanta 7s Festival, referring talented players including Phaidra Knight, as part of the Try On Rugby Festival. In May, I transferred to the Southeast Rugby Referee Society, known as SERRS, when I moved to North Carolina. Since then, I have refereed RCTs, Rucktoberfest, and multiple children’s tournaments in the North Carolina area.
My first exposure to data analysis and data science came in “Introduction to Quantitative Social Science,” a statistics class I took in my sophomore year of college. There I used R, the standard in the political science academia. These principles and technical skills were core to the work behind my junior papers and then eventually my senior thesis, titled “FOR WOMEN ONLY: How Collegiate Social Settings Affect Political Engagement for Women.”
I continue to work in data. You can see more about my work experience by looking at my resume.
I first fell in love with travel when I found myself in England over spring break in 2012. That was my first, and until today only, visit to Europe.
Before that I had “traveled” to Brazil over a dozen time. Those, though, weren’t excursions. I didn’t visit Brazil. I visited my grandmother, my aunts and uncles, and my cousins. I visited my family- the same way you visited your grandparents down the Jersey Shore or in Florida.
My first leisure trip, though, was that spring break to London and Cambridge where I got to visit a Castle and drink legally and live and breath a different place. Since then, I’ve spent time in Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, Canada, and Cuba, in addition to finally traveling to Brazil. I’ve also started to explore the US and it’s vast cultural regions.
Long before I got to travel, I learned to explore with characters on pages of books I devoured. They gave me the opportunity to see new sights and learn about new places and new worlds.
Today, I tend to read more productivity/self-help books that fiction novels, but I am constantly looking to learn from my books.
You can see my recent reads on Goodreads.