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Q & A With Freshman Paulina Schippers

March 2, 2010

Q: Why did you choose to come to Auburn?

A: When I was looking for schools, I wanted to find one that’s good academic and athletic wise. I also wanted to go to the south because I don’t like the cold weather. After I came on my recruiting visit, I loved the small town feel that Auburn has; I loved my team and my coaches. It feels like we’re one big family.

Q: What is your favorite thing about going to Auburn?

A: I love all the history and traditions that the school has. Even though I’ve only been here for a semester, they help develop in you a lot of school pride.

Q: What have you had to get used to most since coming to Auburn?

A: The lifting and conditioning. Before I came here I used to lift but not as hard as we do here. Coach Davis really makes us work on the court and in the weight room.

Q: What do you miss most about Guatemala?

A: My family and friends. Also the food!

Q: What is your favorite thing about playing tennis at Auburn?

A: The fact that we play in the SEC is great because it’s the hardest conference in the country. We train really hard for it and are always surrounded by a very competitive atmosphere. This was something that I didn’t have back home.

Q: Are there any weird traditions that the tennis team has?

A: I’ve never eaten so many subs in my life. Doesn’t matter if we’re at home or playing away, we always eat subs.. The seniors on our team have told us that by the time you’re done with Auburn tennis, you will never willingly eat sub sandwiches again!

Q: Why are you majoring in chemical engineering?

A: Since high school, my favorite subjects were always the science classes like chemistry and biology. Auburn has a great engineering program, and there are a lot of great job opportunities for chemical engineers.



Q: When you are not playing tennis, what are you usually up to?

A: I’m usually either studying or just spending time with the other two freshmen, Caroline (Thornton) and Plamena (Kurteva).

Q: What was your favorite food as you were growing up?

A: There’s a chocolate cereal back home called Choco Krispis. When I was growing up, I used to have it for breakfast every day of the week without ever getting tired of it.

Q: Who has had the biggest influence on your life? Why?

A: My parents. We’ve always had a very good relationship and communication. They’ve always been there for me no matter under what circumstances, and I know that I can continue to count on them for the rest of my life.

Q: Who is your tennis idol?

A: I love Justine Henin. She’s small in size but has a huge passion for the game. I love her style of play and also her personality; she’s very humble and has a big heart.

Q: Did you always think you would play tennis? What other sports did you play?

A: No one in my family plays tennis, so before I started playing it I never would have thought I would play it. Before tennis, I used to swim but I never liked it.

Q: Who are you closest to on the team and what makes you such good friends?

A: I’m closest to the other two freshmen, Plamena and Caroline. We have a great chemistry between us and even though all of us come from different backgrounds, we got along really good from the beginning. It’s a great friendship because we all know that we can always count on each other for anything.

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