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Q. Where were you born?A. I was born in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Q. What is your major?A. Mechanical engineering.
Q. What made you choose that major?A. I really enjoyed my math and physics classes in high school, and the opportunities provided by Clemson University in the mechanical engineering department seemed like a great fit for my interests.
Q. What is your favorite class you’ve taken within the major?A. Fluid mechanics. I always found the behavior of fluids to be very interesting, and to learn the principles and fundamentals of fluids in motion was a lot of fun and something I took great interest in.
Q. What was it like attending the NCAA convention?A. It was a really cool opportunity. Attending the convention, you get to meet and interact with many smart and hard-working people who are all invested in providing the best experience for all of the student-athletes of the NCAA. You really gain an appreciation for all of the time and effort it takes to make an athletic department and conference run smoothly and provide the many things they do.
Q. What was it like working with autonomy legislation at the NCAA convention?A. The autonomy process grants the Power 5 conferences the opportunity to make changes to legislation that directly affects student-athlete welfare. This provides these schools an opportunity to make changes they seem fit to provide the best possible student-athlete experience. The inclusion of student-athletes in the process is a tremendous opportunity for their voice and opinion to be heard on the topics that are being discussed, and I’m glad to be a part of that process.
Q. What are your favorite things to do in Clemson?A. My favorite thing is the night games we play in the spring. Playing at Doug Kingsmore Stadium under the lights is an unforgettable experience for any baseball player.
Q. What is your favorite thing about Clemson?A. My favorite thing about Clemson is how much this place means to both past and present students. People take a lot of pride in attending Clemson, and having been here for all four years, I can see why.
Q. What is your favorite place to eat?A. Blue Heron is definitely one of my favorite places to eat around Clemson, if not anywhere.
Q. What are your favorite things to do in your spare time?A. I really enjoy hanging out with my friends and teammates. I try to get out and fish as much as I can on our off days.
Q. What are your hobbies?A. I really enjoy reading, whether it be books, articles or online posts.
Q. What is your favorite kind of music?A. I prefer country music and really anything that comes on the radio. I’m not very picky when it comes to my music selection.
Q. What are your favorite sport teams to watch?A. I root for any Clemson team. I am also a big New York Yankees fan.
Q. Who is your favorite influential figure?A. Pat Tillman.
Q. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people may not know about?A. I may be the biggest muffin addict in Clemson. I probably have at least one muffin a day.
Q. Who is your favorite superhero?A. My favorite is definitely Batman.
Q. Did you play any musical instruments growing up?A. I tried piano lessons, but it didn’t really work out.
Q. What do your parents do for a living?A. My mother is a school teacher and my father is an attorney.
Q. Do you have any siblings?A. I have one older brother, Michael, who graduated from College of Charleston.
Q. What are your career plans after Clemson?A. I hopefully can play baseball for a few more years. If not that, then I want to get involved in some kind of career where I can be exposed to a lot of new challenges and keep things interesting for myself.
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