January 23, 2017

Buckeye Spotlight – Jaine VanPutten

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Jan. 23, 2017

Jaine VanPutten is a senior on the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team. The Piscataway, N.J., native has appeared in 38 career meets for the Buckeyes, garnering Academic All-Big Ten honors twice and has been named an OSU Scholar-Athlete three times. VanPutten has posted a career-high 9.850 on vault and recently notched a career-best 9.825 on uneven bars in the Buckeyes’ quad meet win over No. 11 Michigan, Washington and Kent State Jan. 14.

How did you decide to come to OSU?
I decided to come here because of the environment in general. Ohio State had the major I was l looking for and the team and coaches have been great.

How long have you been doing your sport?
I’ve been competing in gymnastics since I was three years old.

Do you have any pre-game/match superstitions or rituals?
I really don’t. I used to have some things when I was in club but not since I’ve been in college. I try to just come in cool and collected and do my thing.

What is your favorite part about your sport?
I love that gymnastics is a team sport. Everybody has the opportunity to go out and shine individually but it’s a team sport when it comes down to it. We all have each other’s back and want to contribute.

What is the hardest thing about sport?
I feel like you have to face a lot of adversity. Whether it’s injury, fighting for a lineup spot or coming back after a difficult event, it can all be tough. Just because you fail once doesn’t make you a failure so bouncing back from it will only make you better.

How do you balance athletics and academics?
Always plan ahead, especially in competition season. Ask questions when you need to and be able to manage your time so that when you come into the gym, you’re only focusing on gymnastics.

Why did you choose your major?
I chose psychology because I’ve always adored children and I want to pursue a master’s degree in pediatric occupational therapy.

What is your favorite study spot on campus?
It used to be Younkin but it’s too social in there. I’ll go to the Ohio Union on the top floor or I’ll go to a coffee shop because of how quiet it is.

What is your favorite class you have taken here so far?
With my major, I feel like everything is applicable to life and daily situations so I love that. I’d have to say my favorite classes would be Gender and Sexuality or Anatomy. They’ve both been difficult but worth it.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know about?
I traveled abroad to Australia this past May and it was an unbelievable experience. I really had never considered traveling abroad but we studied child welfare and mental health and it really got me out of my comfort zone. I’ve grown in appreciation for the smaller things in life and my perspective in life has really changed from it.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Either pepperoni and bacon pizza or chicken caesar salad. I can’t pick one so those would be my go-to foods.

Who do you most admire and why?
My mom because no matter what she’s ever been through, she’s always shined positivity and given me confidence. She has always let me know that if you keep your head held high, you can do anything you put your mind to.

Describe OSU in one word.
Incredible. I’d also like to add that it’s unmatched and I feel bad for anybody who didn’t attend this University.