Softball infielder Jordan Parsons ’13 (San Marcos, Calif.) discusses how her studies in government and law have changed the way she interprets information, how Lafayette has molded her into a better student and person, and the importance of being a role model to her teammates.
Why did you choose Lafayette? How is that reason relevant today?
I chose Lafayette because I was looking to be challenged academically and athletically. The unique and involved campus community and demanding liberal arts education were important to me when I decided to come to Lafayette, but I may have underestimated the impact that these factors could have on my college experience. I don’t think I fully understood the extent to which the close relationships with incredible professors and small classroom settings would allow me to grow as a student. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a Lafayette student-athlete and I am proud to be a Leopard.
What do you enjoy about your major?
In the government and law department, I’ve had the opportunity to take courses across a variety of subfields that extend beyond what I originally expected the major to be. Political theory has changed the way I read and interpret information, both in an academic and contemporary context.
One class that every Lafayette student should try to take is…
Contemporary Fiction with Professor Ian Smith
What was your most unique academic experience (class/project/internship) at Lafayette?
Studying abroad in Strasbourg, France, for the fall semester of my junior year.
How has being a team captain changed your approach to this season?
We have a very young team this year, and I think that this has strengthened my awareness of my role as a captain. I try to be very conscious that what I say and what I do, both on and off the field, are setting a positive example for my teammates.
What goals has the team set for 2013 and how does it plan on achieving those goals?
We’re looking to take the Patriot League title—we set small goals for each day on the field that we believe will eventually allow us to achieve our season goal. If we put the work in every day, trust our preparation and our abilities, and stay committed to the program and to one another, we’re putting ourselves in a great position to be successful.
What reality show could you see yourself being part of?
My family has been told we should have our own reality show; I don’t think they’ve made one crazy enough for us yet.
What song/band/album is most likely to be playing on your iPod?
John Mayer or Mumford and Sons
What movie can you quote word for word?
A League of Their Own. And every episode of Gilmore Girls.
Who is most famous person you have ever met?
Nickname: JP, Jip
Celebrity Doppelganger: still on the lookout for this one
Favorite author: Jodi Picoult
Favorite book: Kite Runner
Go-to food spot on College Hill/Easton: Slainte’ Irish Pub
Favorite Cartoon Character: Pocahontas
Words to Live By: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln