With the pandemic postponing athletic competition, Dickinson student-athletes are looking for different ways to make the most of the different opportunities that are available during this semester of remote classes. We caught up with senior Olivia Brown to talk about why she chose Dickinson and what she is doing this fall. Olivia is an economics major and a member of the women's golf team. Last fall, she turned in a career-best 81 to lead the Red Devils to a school record as the team recorded a program-best round of 337 in a match with Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg. The following week, they set the school mark with the lowest two-day total, scoring a 697 (350-347) at the Gettysburg Invitational.
At the 2019 Centennial Conference Championship, Olivia tied for sixth overall in the individual standings, just one spot shy of earning All-Conference honors. The Red Devils were third in the team standings while Head Coach Scott McQuaig was voted the CC Coach of the Year. Dickinson claimed second at the 2018 championship while Olivia finished as the highest placing first-year, earning conference Rookie of the Year honors.
What made you come to Dickinson?
I knew that I wanted to attend a small, liberal arts institution. Dickinson's beautiful campus, friendly environment, and small class sizes appealed to me during my college search. I wanted to have the ability to take classes in different subject areas, not just within the field of my major. During my three years at Dickinson, I've had the opportunity to take several electives outside of the Economics department. I appreciate taking courses in different departments such as Business, Anthropology, Political Science, and History. Additionally, I was looking at Division III colleges so that I could continue playing golf competitively.
What are you doing to keep busy?
Since the Fall semester is remote, I have decided to take the semester off to continue working at my summer internship. This is the second summer that I've worked for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors located in Washington, DC. Due to the pandemic, this summer I am working remotely from my home in Maryland. Since I am working from May to December 2020, I have the opportunity to work on longer term projects for the company.
What do you miss most about not being able to play your season?
I miss practicing with the team and grabbing post-dinner meals in the Caf. The atmosphere during practice was always very fun. Hanging out with my teammates was always a highlight of my day and I miss seeing them on a daily basis. Also, I'm sure all of us will miss post-match meals at Chipotle this season.
What kinds of things are you doing to train and stay in shape?
I have been keeping in shape by following Sydney Cummings' workout challenges on Youtube. She provides a great variety of workouts and posts new videos everyday, so I've been working out six days a week. On the weekends, I usually play golf with my dad.
Have you/How have you been able to keep in contact with your classmates/friends/teammates during this time away from campus?
I have been able to FaceTime my Dickinson friends and teammates every few weeks. We text each other everyday to stay connected.