We continue our student-athlete profile series with senior field hockey player Marie Laverdiere (Springfield, Va./West Springfield). Marie has been a standout performer and team leader since her arrival in Carlisle, earning a starting role in all 52 of her games as a Red Devil. She has been a key contributor throughout her career and was a Second-team All-Centennial Conference selection in both 2018 and 2019.
Equally impressive in the academic arena, Marie was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll for both years she was eligible and recognized by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as a member of the National Academic Squad and as a Scholar of Distinction in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Last fall she was honored as the CC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year, holding the highest grade-point-average on the All-Conference team.
We reached out to Marie to discuss her experiences at Dickinson and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What made you come to Dickinson?
I came to Dickinson because I could feel the family-like atmosphere on the field hockey team and I wanted to be part of it. Since making that decision, I have only reaped the benefits. My teammates have challenged me on and off the field. They motivate me and continue to help me become a better person.
Are there any interesting stories or experiences you have had during the pandemic?
At the start of Covid, I was evacuated from France and have been living at home since. Home means lots of time with my dog and my brother, so I've made it my goal to explore every local coffee shop and get out of the house—safely—as much as possible. I took a trip up to Carlisle over the summer to visit some of my favorite places, and I'm really hoping to be back in the spring.
Some of the good, or at least interesting, experiences during quarantine could be my French final exams at 2:00 am, dance parties with my friends over zoom, and having time to run on the National Mall which is not too far from my house.
How have you adjusted to remote learning?
Remote learning has been difficult because finding a balance while being home is challenging. I really miss my friends and teammates but am able to spend time with people picnicking or meeting up at socially-distanced restaurants.
I'm also very grateful that professors and coaches are doing all they can to help us make the most out of the situation. My professors have been meeting with me one on one outside of class sessions to ensure that I'm still critically thinking and connecting dots. Our coach, Carly, has also been very encouraging as we continue to do team bonding activities and keep our "family" strong.