Scholar Athlete Profile: Elizabeth Eddy
Oct. 12, 2011
Name: Elizabeth Eddy
As told to Max Berger, USC Sports Information Student Intern
Max Berger (MB): Were academics always a primary focus for you growing up?
Elizabeth Eddy (EE): Yes definitely, academics have always been important starting when I was really young. I'm disappointed in my current GPA as I know I could be doing better. I just know I'm capable of doing better and it's not about getting by, but doing the best you can.
MB: Are there any particular reasons that academics are important to you?
EE: Well, basically, I'm in school to learn and I want to learn as much as I can. I want to get the best education I can which is why I only take classes that interest me. I try to go to lecture interested in the subject matter so I can pay attention because it's hard to learn when you're in the lecture of a boring class.
MB: Are there any particular teaching strategies that you find appealing?
EE: In my business class, the class encourages interaction between students and I feel like that's the best way to learn. It's interesting to see what people think and why they think like that--it gives you a better perspective.
MB: Were academics a factor in choosing to come to USC?
EE: My family has been coming to USC for four generations. My mom and dad went here, everyone on my dad's side went here, my great-grandfather (Arnold Eddy) was the athletic director here in the early 40s, and my grandma taught here, so the Trojan Spirit is important to me.
MB: So you said you were undecided in a major. Is there anything that you are leaning towards?
EE: Yes, definitely Business Entrepreneurship. I'm taking some classes about it and I've got a lot of ideas that include sports that I want to develop.
MB: I know soccer is an intellectual sport so with that being said, do you think your intellect helps you succeed?
EE: I definitely do because you cannot be good at the sport unless you understand it completely. That comes from watching more and more games. Watching European teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, or Manchester United helps in understanding the game better overall and the strategies involved.
MB: With that being said, do you think soccer has turned you into a tactician, or someone who is skilled at planning and executing strategies?
EE: Definitely and it is something I continue to work at because the more strategic you are, the better you are at helping your team win.
MB: How does this apply to your academics?
EE: Well it helps me in my daily life such as planning out my day and trying to use my time efficiently.
MB: What is more valuable to you: your academic or athletic prowess?
EE: I would go with academic because the life skills you learn in school can be applied to soccer, like we were saying about being a tactician. Everybody is given a certain amount of talent, but your mind is what puts that talent to use. Plus, you can't be athletic forever.
MB: So with that being said, would you prefer a career in athletics or business?
EE: I definitely want to play soccer for as long as I can, as I dream of playing in the Olympics, but hopefully I can start up a business along the way or with the time after.
MB: Last question, tell me something interesting that you've learned in your class that your average student probably hasn't heard before.
EE: In one of my classes we had a professor from the business school that claimed he was a mastermind at networking, so he shared some of his strategies. He explained how networking isn't about using people but about creating relationships that last. He also told us that after you're done meeting with someone, you should always end with two questions: the first being `Who are two other people that you should get to know?' and the second being `How you can help this person because you should be trying to make the relationship a two way street?'