January 11, 2009

Getting to Know Vicky Brook, PC `12

On why she chose Yale...
I knew when I visited that I would never find a nicer team who are so close and caring. The tennis program which Danielle offered - and has followed through with - was very challenging and I was attracted by this challenge. The team is very goal oriented and that was an extremely important element of the team's strength to me. The architecture of the University also reminded me of home!

On your favorite part(s) of the tennis program...
It's tough to name my favorite parts of the program but I would have to say the competition. This is undoubtedly due to my nature, but I thoroughly enjoyed the competition in the Fall and am in sweet anticipation for my first upcoming dual-match with the team this Spring.

On playing Junior Wimbledon and playing Junior Australian Open...
They were great occasions which I will treasure for the rest of my life. It was both exciting and nerve-wracking playing at Wimbledon in front of so many people I knew, but the pressure seemed to be somewhat lifted in Australia, making it one of the best experiences.

On your college tennis goals...
I missed out on the Ivy League victory last season, so I'm extremely keen that we retain that title! I'm committed to working as hard as I can and being a good team member which should give me the chance to be the best I can be.

On your advice to international tennis players on the recruitment process...
It's tougher to be known as an international player when you want to go to college. I would advise getting as much exposure on the Junior ITF circuit as possible, and then being pro-active in contacting the college coaches to inform them of your interest (even if they don't email back!).

On your most memorable moment of freshman year to date...
My most memorable freshman experience has to be the night Obama was elected. The entire Old Campus erupted and went crazy until the early hours of the morning! I also have to say the first Ice Hockey game I went to watch pretty much dumbfounded me as we don't have that at home!

On the switch from England to the US...
Obviously the switch has been tough - what with the 5 hour time difference and constant misunderstanding of my accent - but everyone has been extremely welcoming and understanding of my situation here. My accent also sort of lets me get away with talking too much, which I always do.

On your favorite dining hall to eat in...
I'm going to be boring and say Pierson (my own college). I love being surrounded by my closest friends to catch up and it's also nice to run into the Master or Dean every so often.