Student-Athlete Spotlight: Caroline Piasecka, Fencing

Feb. 17, 2014

Caroline Piasecka, Student=Athlete Spotlight

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Caroline Piasecka
Oslo, Norway

Caroline Piasecka, a senior on the fencing team, excels both on the strips and in the classroom. The Oslo, Norway, native has tallied 38 victories so far this season and has been recognized as a member of the Primetime Performer Weekly Honor Roll by CollegeFencing360 for her performances at the NYU Invitational and St. John's Invitational. She has made an appearance at the NCAA championships for the past three years and earned Second Team All-America accolades for the 2012-13 season. Piasecka also demonstrates excellence in the classroom as a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

    Student Life
    Do you prefer the Oval in the Fall or Spring (or maybe the Winter)? Winter! I love when the Oval is covered in white snow.
    Where is the best place to sit for lectures? Second row on the right side
    Most underrated place to study on campus? The Physics building; it is always quiet and there are many secluded places to study.
    Why did you choose to major in finance? I wanted to complement my undergraduate degree in international business with a more quantitative business discipline
    If you were the University President for a day, what would you do? Give everyone the day off!

    Popular Culture
    Favorite TV show - Game of Thrones
    Favorite movie - Inception
    Favorite book and/or magazine - Henrik Ibsen's Ghost (play)
    Favorite celebrity - Leonardo DiCaprio
    Favorite singer or musical group - These days it's mostly Ellie Goulding

    Favorite pro sports team - FC Barcelona
    Favorite athlete - Ole Einar Bjorndalen (Biathlon - Winningest winter Olympian)
    The athlete I would most like to compete against - Rafael Nadal
    Favorite athletic memory - Watching my brother, Bartosz, win a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in London
    Team you're most looking forward to competing against? Princeton, they have a very strong team this year so it will be exciting to see who comes out on top
    What is your top skill? What skill do you need to improve? - My biggest advantage is probably my technical skill. I still need to work on being patient and staying focused in difficult situations.
    Dream event (non-sport or sport-related) you would like to attend - The 2016 Olympics in Rio

    Travel Most interesting place I've visited - Cape Town, South Africa
    Place I would like to visit - Thailand!

    Favorite home cooked meal - Anything my dad cooks
    Favorite snack food - Salt & Vinegar Chips
    Guilty pleasure snack and/or food - Chocolate Chip Cookies

    People I most admire? My parents, they have sacrificed a lot to help me excel academically and athletically
    The greatest risk I've ever taken was - Coming to Ohio State all the way from Europe without having visited the school
    In 10 years, I would like to be - Running my own company that specializes in sustainable business practices
    If I had a million dollars, I would - not start working this fall and try to qualify for the next Olympics instead
    Coolest thing you did this past summer - Competed at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia
    Most prized possession - My phone; I don't go anywhere without it
    I would like to trade places for a day with - Sir Richard Branson
    Best piece of advice you've received - Don't waste your energy on things you cannot control
    If you could have dinner with any 3 people (alive or dead), who would they be? Jeff Bezos (CEO Amazon), Larry Page (CEO Google), and Steve Jobs
    Any superstitions, non-event related - I am a firm believer in jinxing things by talking about them
    If your parents/guardians bragged about you, what would they say? - That I am a very hard worker
    What is your hometown known for? - Oslo's slogan is "The blue and the green with the city in between."
    Pop or Soda? Soda
    Cats or Dogs? Dogs
    Early Bird or Night Owl? Early Bird
    Would you be the O, H, I or the O? I