Palm shares her goals for this season and some fun facts about herself in this week’s Q&A

Forward Melissa Palm returns for her final season with the Ohio State field hockey team in 2009 after scoring a career-best 16 points to rank fifth on the squad a season ago. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native started all 21 games as a junior, scoring seven goals.

A three-time member of the NFHCA National Academic Squad and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Palm is currently working on her undergraduate degree in exercise science with a minor in human nutrition and plans to continue her education with career aspirations of being a physician’s assistant.

Palm recently shared her thoughts on the 2009 season and interesting facts about herself. Check back weekly to get the scoop on all 21 Field Hockey Buckeyes this year on

On the serious side …
Describe your time at Ohio State over the past three years.
“My time here at OSU has been everything I could have hoped for and more. I feel like I’ve grown so much as a person and have learned so many valuable things (like not to use magazines for shin guards on an away trip when you forget yours at home).

“But on a serious note, these past three years have changed my life for the better and I couldn’t imagine spending them anywhere else. My friends and teammates have become my family and Columbus my home. It’s going to be almost impossible to leave.”  
As a senior, what goals do you have set for this year?
“To have my best year yet, both on and off the field and to make the most of the time I have left. No regrets.”  
What do you see yourself doing this time next year?
“Hopefully, I’ll be getting my masters in Medical Science and on my way to becoming a physician’s assistant. I’m not sure where I’ll be but I know I want to live in the States.” 
Now for some quick hits …
BC (British Columbia)
My OSU roommates for 2009-10 are: Ali Ristas and Aisling Coyle and I can’t wait to live with them 🙂 
My favorite home-cooked meal: Meatballs in marinara over mashed potatoes.
Growing up, my wildest career ambition was: To be an Olympic figure skater. I still think about it sometimes!!
Who would play you in a movie? Will Ferrell… haha kidding but someone like him for sure. 
My favorite song to work-out to is: Anything by Technotronic
Favorite class I’ve taken at Ohio State: Exercise Physiology
Best part about road games: The bus rides, team meals and time spent with your friends. 
Coolest place I’ve competed at: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Show I always DVR: Real World!!
I’m most proud of: The sacrifices I’ve made and risks I’ve taken to be where I am today.