Wesley women’s soccer senior Kristen Griffith is a multimedia communications major with goals of entering the field of journalism upon graduation. Aside from the soccer field, Griffith devotes a lot of time to working as the editor of the school newspaper, and enjoys watching movies and her favorite sports team – the Dallas Cowboys. She and Wolverines travel to Mary Washington on Saturday. INTRODUCING … Kristen Griffith.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
I was five years old when I started playing soccer, and have loved it ever since. Throughout the past three seasons, I played center forward and scored seven collegiate goals. I am now one of the team captains and hope to finish my last season on a strong note.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
I am a multimedia communications major and writing minor. My major taught me the importance of writing, audio, video and graphic design when entering the media field. Most importantly, my major taught me almost everything I know about journalism, which is the field of study I want to pursue a career.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spots on campus are the school newspaper office and the soccer team room. The newspaper office is a quiet and isolated place that gives me privacy to do my schoolwork. The Julia DeFelice team room is the best team room on campus. I enjoy being in there with my team – singing and dancing to music as we get ready for a practice or game.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
I love visiting Florida and Georgia. My family and I often vacation in Orlando to enjoy the amusement parks and warm weather. It’s a great escape and fun adventure; we always have a good time. I also love visiting Augusta, Ga. because my mother’s side of the family lives there. The only family I have in my hometown of Waldorf, Md. are my parents and older sister, so it’s nice to be surrounded by my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins whenever we get the chance.
Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)?
I am the editor of Wesley’s independent school newspaper, The Whetstone. When I’m not playing soccer or doing homework for class, I’m working on the paper. My co-editor and I work hard every day to report important news to Wesley students in our monthly paper. I am also a part of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes, which meets once a week to learn more about the Bible and apply it to our daily lives.
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career.
My most memorable experience happened last fall when we played Goucher College at our home field. It was the second half and we were losing 1-0. One of my teammates was fouled about 25 yards away from the opposing goal. Our starting defender and team captain took the free kick as the rest of us ran in the penalty box, trying to receive the ball. My fellow striker was able to receive the ball and take a shot, but it bounced off the opposing defender. The ricocheted ball rolled right to my feet, and I instinctively kicked it into the net before the goalie could even react.
Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life?
The most influential person in my life is my adviser Professor Victor Greto. He has taught me everything I know about journalism, and is the reason why I want to pursue it as a career. He always pushes me to work hard and be the best that I can, even when I don’t want to be pushed. He’s trustworthy, wise, dependable, and a great mentor. I hope our friendship continues long after I graduate from Wesley.
What is the most important societal issue facing college students?
The most important societal issue that faces Wesley students is race. There is a noticeable racial divide between Wesley students during social events. I am not sure why that is, but breaking the barrier could make Wesley an even better place.
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 given the power to change anything I wanted in the world, I would make it easier for people to receive a college education. Too many people either drop out of college, or can’t even attend college because of how expensive it is.
What is your favorite form of entertainment?
My favorite form of entertainment is watching movies. It allows me to escape reality for at least an hour and thirty minutes.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?
I would tell them to stay confident. I think it’s important for people to believe in themselves at an early age. They should know that they have the ability to do anything they want to do regardless of what others say.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?
My favorite sports team is the Dallas Cowboys. My dad was always a Dallas fan, so I followed in his footsteps. They are a fun team to watch when they’re winning and a frustrating team to watch when they are losing. Nonetheless, they are always entertaining.
Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with?
I would like to have dinner with Gabrielle Union, Beyonce’, and my late grandmother. Gabrielle Union is my favorite actor. Her characters are always so relatable and funny. Her personality seems similar to mine, and I think we could be great friends. Beyonce’ is the best entertainer in the world, so it would be a great privilege to have her at my dinner table. I always see her singing and dancing, but I have no idea what she is really like when the cameras are off. I would love to know more about her real personality. My grandmother died when I was nine years old. She lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., so I wasn’t able to spend as much time with her. I often hear stories about how great her personality was. She seemed like someone I could relate to. If she were anything like my dad, than we would have gotten along great.