Mary Washington senior women’s basketball guard Megan Green is a history major with a minor in sports management who began playing basketball at a young age with the kids in her neighborhood, and is a now a key component of the defending CAC champion Eagles. From learning about Abraham Lincoln’s leadership style, to spending time at the University Center, to watching “rom-coms” and following her New England Patriots, Green has a wide variety of interests that keep her busy. The undefeated Eagles, who are ranked 14th in the nation, will look for their ninth straight victory to begin the season tomorrow in non-conference action at home against Emory & Henry. INTRODUCING … Megan Green.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
I started playing basketball because I loved to run around with all the kids on my street. My mom signed me up for every sport imaginable but basketball was what I loved to play most. I played basketball for a house league with all of the kids in my neighborhood. Then, I played county basketball, which I thought was the coolest thing in the world, before playing on the varsity team in high school basketball at Robinson Secondary School.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
I am a history major with a sports management minor at the University of Mary Washington. When Abraham Lincoln was president, he used to write letters to his generals and people he employed when he was angry or upset with them; then he would put the letter in his desk and never send it. He learned that being a leader, he couldn’t react in the heat of the moment with his emotions and had to stay calm, composed and cool to lead a nation. History can teach us a lot, with the successes and the failures. President Lincoln’s way of handling situation’s impressed me as a leader, and more importantly, as a person who wants to succeed.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus in the University Center aka the UC. It’s where our cafeteria is. I love going to the UC before class, to get over medium eggs and oatmeal to start my day. And to end my day after practice, I love being there for chicken nuggets and Mac N Cheese with all of my teammates. It’s so much fun to hang out there and eat our favorite foods (and most importantly- cereals). If you find one of us there, you’ll find four or five of us hanging out.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
My family has a house on Sebago Lake in Maine and I’m pretty sure it’s the closest place on Earth to heaven. We usually all go up there for the month of August and just enjoy life. All my cousins, grandparents and people my mom and aunt grew up with come and spend the month with us. It’s so relaxing to wake up to the sound of the water hitting the rocks and to have not a worry in the world, all while being surrounded by the absolute greatest people in my life.
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career.
The most memorable experience during my collegiate athletic career was getting to be a part of coach Applebury’s 300th win last season on the same game as winning the CAC Championship. Winning a CAC Championship was the greatest experience of my entire life. Our team went on the road throughout the playoffs to win it all and get a bid to play in the NCAA tournament. The feeling of accomplishment after that game was surreal and to be able to share it with my teammates was the most fun I’ve had in my entire life.
Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life?
I have been beyond lucky to have so many influential people in my life, helping me get to where I am today, but someone who has been astronomically influential in my life has been coach Applebury. This is my fifth year in the program and coach has changed my life. She has taught me more about life in these past five years then I could have ever imagined. She’s been there for all my highs, and more importantly, the lows, and has helped shaped me into the person I am today. I wouldn’t be here without her having my back.
What is the most important societal issue facing college students?
The social media obsession that some of college students struggle with on a daily basis is a wicked important issue! We live in an era that is obsessed with documenting every single moment of our lives. We don’t live in the moment and are so self-conscious about what other people think we are doing. We feel like we need to prove to everyone, and ourselves, that we are happy and living life. Just put the phone down, go out and live it.
If you could change any one item in the world (in your personal life, school, community, amateur or professional sports, national/international issue, etc.), what would it be, why, and how would you do it?
If I could change anything in the world, it would be the issue of drinking and driving (not only on college campuses but everywhere). Drinking and driving is a huge issue that has ended the lives of thousands of people throughout the country. Cars on college campuses should have to have a breathalyzer you need to breathe into to start your car, and if someone who’s under 21 blows anything other than .00, the car won’t start; or if someone is over 21 and blows over .08, then it won’t start.
What is your favorite form of entertainment?
Watching a good romcom aka a romantic comedy. Netflix is one of the greatest things to happen in my life, because now I can watch all the sappy, overly emotional love movies without leaving my bed! Whether it’s How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days or 13 Going on 30, movies always put me in a happy mood, make me laugh and show me that everything always works out in the end.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?
Don’t be afraid to fail! Don’t be afraid to chase after your dreams. I know that sounds corny but it’s so real. Too many people in the world are scared of being judged or scared of not being good enough that they don’t even try. Everyone in this world needs to experience giving every single ounce of your being into something, and seeing the end result work out for you, because it’s life changing. Luke warm is no good, go all in with everything you do. Fail hard and fail often.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?
The New England Patriots are my favorite sports team! My whole family is from Maine and they have season tickets to all the home games. I absolutely love Julian Edelman and his whole underdog persona that he’s going to beat teams with. Tom Brady is the GOAT and now that he’s freed, he’s coming for everyone in the NFL. The Pats are what help make Sundays awesome. #FreeTB12
Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with?
I would absolutely love to have dinner with Julian Edelman, Pat Summitt, and Olivia Pope. I would love to hear about how Julian Edelman felt being such an underdog; just about every team in the NFL over looked him and now he’s Tom Brady’s go-to guy, that’d be awesome to listen to his workouts and mindset. Pat Summitt is an inspiration for all of women’s basketball and has forever changed the game; to be able to sit at a table with her would be amazing. Last, but definitely, not least, would be Olivia Pope. I would need her to tell me why she isn’t married with Fitz and living in Vermont and why her and Abby can’t be friends, and also, why she hasn’t kicked Cyrus Bean to his grave. #TeamFitz2016 #SorryImNotSorryJake