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Nov. 25, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Student Athlete-of-the-Month showcases athletes who have demonstrated excellence both on the playing field and in the classroom. The November Female Student Athlete-of-the-Month, fifth-year Darci Borski, has displayed a strong work ethic in his academic and athletic endeavors. A graduate student from Philadelphia, Pa, Darci works hard to balance her graduate classes and her soccer schedule.

Q: Where are you originally from and what brought you to UVa?

A: I am from Philadelphia and I came to Virginia to get a great education and play soccer at a competitive ACC school. I knew a lot of the older teammates from playing with them on Regional and National teams. On my official visit here I really clicked with the team and felt like this was the right school for me.

Q: You are a fifth-year, correct? So what are you studying?

A: Yeah, I actually graduated last May with a degree in Religious Studies. I red shirted last year so I had one more year of eligibility to use so I took a fifth year. I am now in grad school taking classes in the Professional Development Program. I am taking classes towards a Masters in Education through the Social Foundations program.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about your time here at UVa?

A: I really enjoyed playing soccer for such a great team, as well as meeting all the other people and athletes. I met a lot of great people who became my best friends and I know we will keep in touch and be friends with for a long time.

Q: Who has been your biggest influence?

A: My parents have had the biggest influence on me in my life. The both were successful athletes who supported and encouraged me throughout my life. My parents gave up a lot to take to me to games and tournaments.

Q: What is your favorite Soccer moment here at UVa and why?

A: My favorite moment at UVa was beating N.C. state this year on senior night. I scored the winning goal with three seconds left it was really exciting.

Q: What were you doing this summer to prepare for this season?

A: This summer I went home to Philadelphia and worked and trained for the season. I also played on club team and worked a few camps.

Q: How do you balance your soccer schedule with your schoolwork?

A: It is hard sometimes to balance it all out but I think the key is knowing and using your time wisely.

Q: What are your future plans now that your soccer season is coming to a close?

A: My plans after this semester are to try and play in the WUSA women’s pro league. I eventually want to coach and teach.

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