by Carly Weisenbach, Ohio State Athletics Communications student assistant
It’s safe to say that senior guard Alison Jackson has had her share of successes during her time in a Buckeye uniform.
She’s been a part of three of the past six consecutive Big Ten championships, has contributed solid minutes off the bench and when summoned into the starting lineup. Off the court, Jackson has a lot going for her as well. She plans on graduating in the spring with a degree in Consumer Science and Human Resources. She also has hopes of taking her basketball talents overseas.
Here’s an inside look at this senior Buckeye.
Q: What’s Been your favorite memory from your college basketball career?
A: My favorite memory would probably be getting my first [Big Ten] championship ring. To come in and start off with a ring: that’s a great start, in my opinion. I wasn’t expecting to come in so soon and get a ring.
Q: What are you going to miss the most about Ohio State?
A: I’m going to miss everyone I’ve played with over the years. It’s been a different dynamic every single year, all four years. So, I’ll probably miss my teammates the most.
Q: How have you changed as a basketball player since you were a freshman?
A: I know so much more; I’ve gained so much knowledge over the years. As a freshman, I came and I was a deer in headlights, so with upperclassmen helping me, I’ve just learned so much.
Q: What’s your best advice for younger players on the team?
A: You should just listen, because you come in thinking you know everything. If you listen, the upperclassmen know what Coach Foster wants. So if you just listen, you’ll learn so much.
Q: How would you describe Coach Foster?
A: He’s tough, but fair. He doesn’t let stuff go and it’s been fun playing for him over the years. He thinks he’s so funny. His humor…it’s dry, but it’s funny. His jokes are kind of corny, but they make you laugh, even if they’re lame.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I either want to go [play] overseas, or there are openings with Nike in Chicago, since that’s where I’m from. I’ve noticed some openings here too. So, if I want to go home, or if I want to stay here, I can because I know the city pretty well. I graduate after spring quarter. I’m down to a few classes and I’m starting to get senioritis.
Q: How did you choose your major, Consumer Science and Human Resources?
A: I had a couple teammates that are overseas that did it. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, but it seemed like what they were doing was fun. It’s Consumer Science and Human Resources, so on the consumer side, I could buy for a company, or for resources, I could hire or fire people. So basically, I get to shop and I get to hire or fire people.
Q: What’s your favorite class you’ve taken so far?
A: Public speaking. I don’t really have any embarrassing moments. We’re all human. It’s kind of a blessing and a curse that I like to talk.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I like to shop, watch TV and hang with my teammates. They always make lame things even funnier. I like ‘Law and Order’, but I’m a big reality TV fan too, so I like ‘Jersey Shore’ and all that.