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AJ Austin-Men’s Tennis

Posted by on Friday, January 2, 2015 in Student-Athletes of the Month.

AJ Austin
Men’s Tennis
Majors: Economics and Political Science

Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt?
I chose to attend Vanderbilt because it had the perfect balance between academics and athletics that I was looking for, and it’s impossible to find coaches that compare to Ian and Jamie.

What are your career goals?
I plan on pursuing a career in professional tennis after I graduate.

What does it take to be academically successful at Vanderbilt?
Being academically successful is all about managing your time well.

How do you manage your demanding schedule?
I manage my schedule by planning ahead and coming up with a set schedule for the week to make sure I’m not overwhelmed with assignments when I travel for matches.

What is your ritual before taking a test?
My ritual is simple on test days: I like to get a good nights sleep, a healthy meal, and a large cup of coffee.

What is your favorite quote?
“Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you.  If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you.  If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you.  That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too.”  – Michael Jordan