Marcella Cruz-Women’s Tennis
Human & Organizational Development / Psychology
Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt?
I chose Vanderbilt at first based on the incredible culture and coaches the tennis program had. It just so happened Vanderbilt’s academic and social experience have made these last few years the most enjoyable journey I could possibly have!
What are your career goals?
I’m hoping to see how far my tennis career takes me after college, then I’m still open to the avenues that appear through my two majors Human and Organization Development and Psychology.
What does it take to be academically successful at Vanderbilt?
It definitely takes the commitment to do the best you can on any given day. There is a big factor of discipline and being able to manage time which when I’ve focused on, I’ve found the most success academically.
How do you manage your demanding schedule?
I’m a big calendar scheduler. When I lay out my weeks and days in advance, I can then just focus on ticking the boxes and executing on the little things when they’re in front of me.
What is your ritual before taking a test?
Before the test, I may go over notes for a short period of time, but I spend more time staying in a relaxed and chill state. Ideally, most of the work and learning had already been done prior to the day!
Who do you consider to be an unsung hero in your academic success at Vanderbilt? And Why?
My fifth year teammates have been the greatest role models I could’ve ever asked for tennis and academic wise. Emma Kurtz and Christina Rosca were always there to encourage me and set an awesome example of how to get the most out of your experience here!
“Be where your feet are”