March 19, 2013
Sometimes it's not the athletes who have only been in the top position who excel the most. Sometimes it takes being moved around throughout one's career to appreciate being at the top with the amount of experience that athlete has obtained on her way up.
Senior rower Andrea Keesecker has that experience and the appreciation of working her way to the top boat in rowing, the Varsity eight.
Starting out as a novice rower four years ago, Keesecker says she has learned an immense amount of knowledge since coming to UT, not only in rowing, but also in life.
"I cannot even put into words how much I have grown in college," Keesecker said. "I have learned so much about myself, like exactly how far I can push myself. I'm excited to use what I have learned from college and rowing in the real world."
She might be one of the quieter seniors on her team, but her presence in her boat will never go unnoticed.
If you had to describe yourself, what would you say?
"I am a goal-oriented and results-driven person. I love a challenge and learning how to improve myself."
What is the biggest thing that has shaped your life?
"The love and support of my family and friends has been the most influential thing in my life. The encouragement from my parents to try new things and to be committed to everything I do has helped me become who I am."
How has rowing impacted your time in college?
"It has definitely been a major part of my everyday life for the past four years and almost everything else has to be planned around my rowing schedule. Of course I had to sacrifice what most would consider a "normal" college experience, but I think all the things I learned from being a part of this team have been much more important."
Why did you choose to come to Tennessee?
"I am from Johnson City and I didn't want to stay home and go to ETSU. UT was just enough distance from home for me to feel like I really was growing up."
What is your major?
"My major is Anthropology. I am unsure about what exactly I want to do with it yet. I haven't completely ruled out Grad school. I think I will most likely work for a while before going back to school. If I could change anything about college, I probably would have chosen a different major. I have really become interested in nutrition during my time as a college athlete.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
"The Amphitheater by Humanities. On a nice warm day, it is the perfect place to lounge between classes.
What is your best memory in college?
"My best memories in college were when my parents or sisters would come to visit and to football or basketball games. I didn't get to visit home much while at UT and would miss home but Knoxville is such a fun place to live! So when they came we always had a great time."
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
"I would like to have the ability to snap my fingers and being completely dressed with my hair and makeup done! I love to get every minute of sleep that I can, so I usually end up with my hair in a bun with sweats on."
What would it meant to you to compete at NCAAs this year?
"To go to nationals this year would mean a lot to me. I really want to see Tennessee become a regular contender at Nationals, so going this year would get us back in the loop."