February 27, 2008

Getting to Know Jessica Rhee `10

Feb. 27, 2008

On when you started playing tennis...
I started picking up tennis when I was about 5 years old, but I didn't get serious until I was about 12. I started tennis about the same time I started soccer. I eventually picked up piano and horseback riding also, but I ended up dropping everything else and focused on tennis.

On why you chose Yale...
Yale had always been one of the colleges that my parents spoke frequently about. I don't think I truly fell in love with the college until I had my own first-hand experience during my recruiting visit in my junior year of high school. Yale had been the first of four recruiting visits that I had taken and I really liked the campus, the location, and the girls on the team. After my recruiting visit, I definitely felt like Yale was a place that I would love to spend my college years.

On what it's like to have a sister who was the captain of the tennis team at Yale...
I definitely think that having a sister who not only came here before me and played on the tennis team, but who was also the captain is something to be proud of. I recently found a team photo of her when she used to play up at Yorkside and I thought that was so cool. It's just incredible to think that several years ago, my sister was the one who was fighting for Yale.

On what your favorite part of being on the team is...
I absolutely love my teammates. There's not a day that goes by where I don't find myself laughing, whether it's during practice or at a team meal. I have so much fun with every one of them and spending so much time with them just makes our bond even stronger because we're all going through the same struggles and fighting for the same goals.

On your advice to junior players looking to play college tennis...
It was different transitioning from junior tennis to college tennis. In juniors, it was basically you against everyone. In college, you actually get to play on a team and you have teammates who are supporting you all the time. I really liked this aspect. Being on a team gave me a stronger sense of competitiveness and excitement because not only am I fighting to win the matches for myself, but I'm also fighting for my team.

On moving from "Old Campus" into Saybrook College...
I loved Old Campus and I'm so glad that I got to spend my freshmen year there, but actually living in Saybrook College was an easy transition. There's more of a sense of belonging and pride when you get to live in the actual college. I think Old Campus is beautiful, but I love living in Saybrook and I don't think I could imagine not living there next year.

On your long term college tennis goals...
By the time I leave Yale, I want to be wearing an Ivy ring. I want to be able to say that I played on the team that not only won the Ivy League, but also played in the NCAA. I think that would be an amazing feat and I don't think it's an impossible goal.

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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