Honors Student and Athlete: Rachel Ducharme

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Hi everyone below is the interview we conducted with Honors student and athlete Rachel Ducharme. Thank you Rachel! -C.A

Major, Year, & Fun Fact? Psychology, First Year, Fun Fact: I hope to become a guidance counselor in the future.

What is your favorite course and why? My favorite course so far at Bridgewater State University would have to be my public speaking course. Although the thought of public speaking was very intimidating at first, my professor has created a positive and accepting atmosphere in the classroom which makes public speaking much easier, and enjoyable. 

What is your proudest academic moment at BSU so far? My proudest academic moment so far at BSU would have to be receiving an A+ on my first speech. I was very nervous to present my informative speech to my class, but it turned out to be a great success. I utilized many of the techniques my professor had taught me including: vocal variety, gestures, and good posture which made my first speech a victory.

Where is your favorite place to study? My favorite place to study on campus is in the comfort of my own residence hall. I enjoy sitting near one of the windows on the third floor and looking out at the campus surrounding me. This is where I do a lot of my studying, and homework. This unique spot is my little getaway, and it provides me with solitude and silence while I study and enjoy the beautiful view of BSU.

What is the best part of being a BSU Honors student? The best part about being a BSU Honors student in my opinion is the opportunity to live in a residential learning community as a freshman. It provides the opportunity to reach out to those with similar interests and learning styles while also insuring that you will have a respected environment to both live and learn on campus.

What is the proudest moment that you’ve had on the BSU Volleyball team?  The proudest moment that I’ve had on the BSU Volleyball team is when I stepped up to play in an entirely new position for one of our weekend tournaments. When the opportunity arose to get in the game, I was willing to give it my all even if I was being thrown into a new position. This was a shining moment for me because it showed my versatility on the court and my unending determination to succeed at whatever position I play.

What is your position and number? Setter, Defensive Specialist, Right-Side Hitter / #7

What is your most challenging workout? My most challenging workout would have to be what we call “Circuit”. This drill consists of constant movement on the court: approaching for attacks, jumping up for blocks, and shuffling and sprinting. This drill is continuous for approximately 10 minutes. Although it is very difficult, everybody on the team is always pushing and cheering each other on for the entirety of the drill which helps to motivate everyone in the gym.

What is the best part of being a Bear? The best part of being a Bear is being able to be a part of a team. Playing a sport, especially in college is not a solo-effort, it requires a team effort. Everybody has to be on board in order to achieve success out on the court. One of the quotes hanging up in our locker room reads: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This is exactly the mentality a team needs in order to reach their goals and win championships. Go Bears!

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