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Sophomore talks about future after college basketball

Sarah Schulze Q-A 

Coming from a small town, Sarah Schulze has fit into the large environment at Ohio State very well. Playing off the bench, for now, Sarah brings intensity and motivation to her Buckeye teammates, all while balancing it with her schoolwork and spirituality.

Sarah sat down to talk about procrastination, her favorite Ohio State tradition and her dream to travel to Africa.

Q: You showed a great amount of intensity and spirit in the Buckeye Classic. Is this something Buckeye fans should expect to continue seeing?
A: “I would say so. I try to be intense and energetic every time I get on the court, especially if my team’s down. I noticed we were lacking in energy, so I knew this would be a good way to get them fired up. I wanted to win and this was the one thing we didn’t have, so we had to pick it up a little.”

Q: Coming into your freshman year at Ohio State what were you expecting?
A: “It was more challenging than I thought it was going to be. It was actually a real eye opener.
I didn’t know there would be much of a gap, skill wise and I didn’t think everyone was going to be this strong.”

Q: What did you learn during your freshman year, both on and off the court?
A: “On the court, I learned that the game is much faster, to slow it down and take my time. Off the court, I’ve learned about not procrastinating because it will catch up to you pretty quickly.”

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
A: “I straighten my hair and I say a rosary before every game.”

Q: You grew up in Anna, a small town in western Ohio. What was that like?
A: “Let’s see. Well, we have two gas stations and two stoplights! It’s just a small town. Everyone knows each other and it’s a small community, so you grow up with everyone knowing everything. If you do well, everyone knows about it, but if you do something bad, everyone knows about that, too.”

Q: What do you plan to do after you graduate?
A: “My major is comparative religious studies, so I’m going to be a missionary somewhere. I’m not sure where yet, but I’d really like to go to Africa. I want to go there and help everyone.”

Q: What is your favorite Ohio State tradition?
A: “Jumping in Mirror Lake. I haven’t done it personally, but I think it’s really sweet. Coach doesn’t have a rule against us jumping in, but I think it’s a little too crazy for me.”

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing basketball?
A: “I really like to read and hang out with friends.”

Q: Who is your biggest role model?
A: “There are a lot of people, but I think my mother has been a big role model in my life because she’s a very tough lady.”

Q: If you could describe yourself in just one word, what would it be?
A: “Happy.”