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Chelsea Pasfield-Lacrosse

Posted by on Friday, March 1, 2013 in Student-Athletes of the Month.

Chelsea Pasfield
Majors: Child Studies & Educational Studies

Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt?
Vanderbilt had everything I wanted for my college experience. For lacrosse, Vanderbilt has a strong program with great coaches and close team, which are all really important to me. Academically, I knew I wanted to be a teacher, and for that there is no better place to be than Vanderbilt’s Peabody school of education. I also loved the atmosphere around campus and being in Nashville, it’s a fun place to be!

What are your career goals?
Next year I am going to graduate school to get my Masters degree and ELL certification. After that, I hope to be a teacher in the early elementary grades. One day I would love to start a Reggio Emilia based preschool.

What does it take to be academically successful at Vanderbilt?
Time management is so important, especially with a student-athlete’s schedule. I’ve found that planning ahead and giving myself enough time to get the work done is key.

How do you manage your demanding schedule?
I try to take advantage of the small periods of time throughout the day, like a free hour before practice, or waking up a little bit earlier to get some work done. I also try to focus solely on the task at hand. If I’m at practice, I am only thinking about lacrosse. If I’m doing homework, I try to minimize distractions and get my work done efficiently.

What is your ritual before taking a test?
I usually make a study guide a few days in advance, and then spend a day or two going over it. Before I go to bed the night before the test I’ll spend fifteen minutes going over the most important information, because that’s what you remember the most the next day. I also try to get a good night sleep!

What is your favorite quote?
“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”-Anonymous