Q&A with Amy Desjadon
Amy Desjadon and the Virginia field hockey team have an action-packed week, beginning Wednesday at James Madison. The Cavaliers then return for a pair of home games Saturday against Kent State (1 p.m.) and Sunday against Louisville (1 p.m.) at the University Hall Turf Field.
Question: How does it feel to have started the season so well?
Desjadon: It’s a really good feeling, but we haven’t gotten to play ACC teams yet. So we have a really big challenge ahead of us, but it feels really good. So we can’t let it get to our heads; we just have to keep playing.
Question: How did it feel to beat Old Dominion for the first time in 12 years last weekend?
Desjadon: It feels awesome. We were talking in the locker room and we were all really fired up about it. So, when we beat them, it did feel awesome. It was a fun, good game to play, and we’re all really happy.
Question: As a senior, what advice do you give to first years?
Desjadon: Listen to people while on the field because usually someone is seeing what you can’t.
Question: How would you describe the team’s chemistry this season?
Desjadon: Awesome. Our team has always been awesome since I’ve been here, but this is just a completely different feeling. One thing I think we’re lucky about, which other teams may not have, is that we don’t have seniority. When we’re all on the field together, you can’t tell a fourth year with a first year. Everyone really respects each other. We have some spice this year. We have different personalities mixing in.
Question: What are the team’s goals this season?
Desjadon: Everyone wants a national championship. We definitely want to go further. We definitely want to go further than the team last year.
Question: What are your personal goals?
Desjadon: I just want to win a national championship. After this season, I hang up my hockey career, so that would be nice.
Question: What has been your favorite memory at UVa thus far?
Desjadon: My favorite memory is being on this team. I’m so lucky that I have an experience that most people don’t get to have.
Question: You graduated last spring what was your major? What graduate program are you doing?
Desjadon: I have a BA in drama. I’m in drama right now with a concentration in scenic design. I like it because you meet a completely different genre of people. I like the fact that during the day I have my relief. I have different friends, and they’re very vibrant people. It’s nice to have the two contrasting groups. It’s a very good outlet.
Question: What are your career aspirations?
Desjadon: I want to get my MFA in scenic design, and I want to go to law school. I want to become a sports agent.
Question: What has been your favorite class at UVa?
Desjadon: I have two. My first was scenic technology two years ago with David Mims in the drama department. He’s the reason why I wanted to be a drama major; he’s awesome. I also enjoyed death and dying with Justin Holden. It was one of the very few classes where I woke up every day and would be really excited to go. It was definitely a good class.
Question: What is your favorite spot on Grounds?
Desjadon: The Whispering Wall by Newcomb Dining Hall.