Tate Allwardt-Men’s Tennis
Major: Public Policy Studies
Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt?
I chose to attend Vanderbilt because of the great mix of academics and athletics. I knew there was no other school in the country that could provide me the opportunity to play my sport at such a high level in a conference such as the SEC while allowing me to gain a world class education.
What are your career goals?
In terms of goals, I would love to find myself in a leadership position. I will begin a career in tech sales in June. Regardless of whether I stay in this field or not, I would love the opportunity to manage people in a COO or CEO position in the future.
What does it take to be academically successful at Vanderbilt?
The biggest thing is time management. I learned early on that your days as a student-athlete at Vanderbilt will be very long, regardless of whether you are in season or not. Learning to study when you have the time, even if you don’t necessarily want to, will help you manage these long days before you find yourself behind the ball.
How do you manage your demanding schedule?
Once again, time management is huge. On Sunday night, I like to plan out the schoolwork/tasks I have for the week. This gives me a few goals that I am trying to accomplish by Friday or the following Sunday, and they keep me on track.
What is your ritual before taking a test?
Before taking a test, I like to eat a meal, have a coffee, and review my notes. It’s important for me to have a coffee to keep myself alert for the exam, and I like to briefly go over concepts (that I hopefully already know) before walking into the test.
What is your favorite quote?
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers