Program Coordinator / Grad student
When did you start boxing?
What type of boxer did you begin as?
What were you doing at the time?
I was an undergraduate student at the UW, working part time, and training to compete in my spare time.
What were your goals at the time?
To be a nationally ranked boxer.
Did you compete?
How many years did you compete?
What were your competitive highs?
Ringside 2009 (the training and the actual competition)
What have you learned from boxing?
Boxing changed the way I carry myself in my day to day life, both mentally and physically. I feel stronger and more confident when I am conducting myself at work, and when I’m walking around my neighborhood in the evenings. I don’t cower or back away from confrontations, but instead stand up for myself.
What do you love the most about boxing?
The parallels between boxing, the ring, and life. It may be cliched, but it is true.
What do you want to pass on to boxers who are following in your footsteps?
Be wise about balance; boxing is an isolating and lonely sport and way of life. It can both give you a great sense of community and support, AND it can also isolate you from the outside community and world. In terms of competition, that lifestyle is very hard to sustain for too long – again, both mentally and physically. Making weight has an effect on the physical body after some time. And there is only so far you can go in the sport. Even still, the lessons I learned in the gym I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Boxers seem to have a deeper understanding of the human struggle.