Senior Send Off: Tori Smith
What have you learned as a member of the Lafayette volleyball team?
- I have learned a great deal as a member of the Lafayette volleyball team. For clarity of thought, here's a list of the top few:
- I have learned the difference between constructive criticism and being critical.
- I have found how important it is to do what you should be doing, even when no one is looking.
- I have seen how true it is that you do not remember what people said, you remember how they made you feel.
- I have learned that success without work is a misnomer. Winning isn't satisfying without sweat and tears motivating it.
- "Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability." - John Wooden
Can you share one of your favorite career highlights on the court?
- My sophomore year, we swept Lehigh in 3 sets at Grace Hall. We were on top of the world.
What will you miss most about Lafayette Volleyball and being a collegiate athlete?
- I will miss the challenge of being my best self. This team motivated me to succeed in all facets to be my best for the people around me. This team pushed me to be a better person, not just athletically, but mentally and emotionally. This team asked me to be my best self, and I worked every day to rise to the challenge.
What was your favorite academic experience at Lafayette - class, trip, professor, study abroad, etc?
- I have had the opportunity to take classes in multiple different disciplines and go on a trip abroad, however, my favorite academic experience at Lafayette so far has been working in the lab this year with my best friends. ICE, or integrated chemical engineering, is not necessarily an easy class, or one of my favorite material-wise, but the opportunity to have three of my best friends trapped in lab with me for three hours has been amazing, and I honestly love it.
What was your favorite gym to play in over your four years and why?
- This sounds like a trick question. There's nothing as satisfying as playing well in your own gym, and truly allowing yourself to have that ownership. After four years as a fall athlete, I currently believe that gym is completely mine. Of my favorite places in the world, and I've been some places so I have a little context, APK is among the top. Few places can rival the smell of a gym and the excitement that comes with entering a place where your emotion is completely dependent on events that occur on the relatively small wooden surface. I love our gym.
What are your plans after graduation?
- After graduation, I will be finishing applications for MD/PhD school. I've always been the type to pick a difficult path, and if it doesn't work out, you can try something easier, but always go for the gold. I don't know if I will necessarily be accepted to any, but its definitely worth a try!