Break of dawn practices don’t stop Nicola from playing the sport she loves. Winners of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship, Nicola manages both training and academics throughout the year. With hard work, discipline and focus she balances Varsity Water Polo on top of all her other activities. Her water polo team acts as another family to her–providing support and friendship that only enhances her time at USC.
Jordan rows for the Men’s Club Crew Team which practices six days a week at the Los Angeles Harbor in San Pedro. He picked up the sport as a freshman, having zero experience beforehand, and immediately fell in love with the level of teamwork and precision needed for a boat to be successful. He constantly talks about how everyone in the eight man boat must be on the same page and develop extreme synergy, and that differences of even a couple milliseconds or centimeters can change the balance or run in the boat, drawing away from the optimal speed.
One of the best ways to meet people and get some exercise in is to join an intramural sports team like Lauren! The level of play in every sport is open to any skill level ranging from beginner to competitive. Intramural soccer games for Lauren are weekly, and each league has games on different days of the week. Intramural is not too big of a commitment, and if you have a big enough team, not all team members need to be present. Lauren’s co-ed team made it to the semi-finals her sophomore year, and she is hoping the team will make it to the finals for her senior year!
Kenya is a member of Break Through which is a student run hip hop and contemporary dance student organization. They perform throughout the semester both on campus and off campus for performances and competitions. For Kenya, it’s a dance team about family. Members come from all different types of majors and classes during the day and them come together at night to dance. It’s fun and a great break from an academic morning.
In his free time, Alex trains to be a world-class ballroom dancer. Well, not quite! Last year, Alex did enroll in Dance-188A, International Style Ballroom Dance. Despite having two left feet, Alex learned how to dance a variety of different steps, including the waltz, foxtrot, salsa, and tango. His favorite though? The cha-cha. With the rhythmic “cha-cha-cha” step, Alex had no problem keeping to the beat! Nowadays, when not studying engineering, Alex relaxes by practicing his ballroom dance moves.
Not all students have a set schedule for when they meet and work out though. In fact, LA weather is perfect for tennis at any time of day: whether it’s after class or on the weekends! Whenever Hannah needs a break she tries to hit the courts with a few friends. Having a few rallies is a great stress reliever and a time to catch up. The practice courts are open everyday and lit through the night. Students even play in the stadium when the teams aren’t having practice!